What is NHS continuing healthcare?
NHS continuing healthcare is the name given to a package of care which is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals outside of hospital who have ongoing healthcare needs. You can receive continuing healthcare in any setting, including your own home or a care home. NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike help from social services for which a financial charge may be made depending on your income and savings.
Who is eligible for NHS continuing healthcare?
Anyone assessed as having a certain level of care needs may receive NHS continuing healthcare. It is not dependent on a particular disease, diagnosis or condition, nor on who provides the care, or where that care is provided. If your overall care needs show that your primary need is a health need, you should be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare. Once eligible, your care will be funded by the NHS, but is subject to review. Should your care needs change, the funding arrangements may also change.