Self-funding residents hit again

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Nursing Home Fees Agency (NHFA) says its care advice line is continually receiving calls from families of older people being wrongly denied Attendance Allowance (AA) by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) because they are in receipt of a Registered Nursing Care Contribution (RNCC) towards their care home fees from the NHS. NHFA director Philip Spiers said many callers complained that the DWP had stopped their relative’s attendance allowance because they were receiving “free nursing care” when these residents were actually fully self-funding and, because of this, although in receipt of RNCC ,should still get full AA. “Others have been turned down for AA because they are in residential care,” said Mr Spiers. “There seems to be a problem with the language used to describe RNCC vs NHS Continuing Care funding where AA is removed. “This confusion is obviously down to a lack of DWP decision makers’ training regarding difference between local authority funded, NHS funded and self-funded residents and at £5

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