If you’re an adult with a disability or complex medical problem, you might qualify for free NHS continuing healthcare. If you’re in the same situation and under 18, you might qualify for free NHS continuing care.
It covers personal care and healthcare costs. This includes help with everyday living tasks, nursing care or paying for specialist therapy.
It might also include accommodation if the care is provided in a care home, or support for carers if you’re being looked after at home.
If your increased costs are due to worsening health or injury, you might now qualify for this free support.
There’s also a chance that the eligibility criteria have changed since you were last assessed.
You might not even have heard about this type of funding before.
Either way, it’s definitely worth talking to your doctor, carer or social worker.
Even if you don’t qualify now, it’s worth keeping the situation under review if your condition deteriorates.
In Scotland, NHS Continuing Health care was replaced by Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care in 2015. This will fully fund care but only in a hospital setting.