Continuing Health Care
Some people with long-term complex health needs qualify for care arranged and funded solely by the NHS, this is for individuals who are not in hospital and have been assessed as having a “primary health need”. This is known as continuing healthcare.
For most people, the first step is to have an assessment via the local authority and a screening tool will be used. If this suggests that you may be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, a full up-to-date assessment of your needs will be arranged. This will include an assessment of:
- What help is needed
- How complex are the needs
- How intense or severe the needs are
- The risks to the persons health.
It does not depend on a particular diagnoses or condition.
You should be fully involved in the assessment and decision-making process with your views about your needs for care being considered.
Continuing health care funding is available for many care settings and is not specific to a care home environment. The process can be time consuming, however should you be successful in your application it is certainly worth it. If unsuccessful in gaining this support your needs should be reviewed regularly to see if there is any change.