As the average age of the population continues to increase, so does the demand for care for the elderly and infirm. At Nockolds we are increasingly being asked to advise clients on issues regarding the funding of nursing care and how to prepare for and minimise our clients’ exposure to charges for care in the future.
Nockolds has assembled a multi-disciplined and experienced team to guide clients through the complex issues in this specialist area of the law. We can offer assistance at any stage, including future planning to protect assets from inclusion in financial assessments, to challenging funding assessments and reclaiming fees already paid.
The NHS has a legal obligation to fund the costs of care when a person has what is known as a “primary health need”. Over the last few years we have experienced an increase in the number of cases where the NHS has wrongly refused to fund care fees. When a loved one is not well and requires care, it is understandable that the cost of the care and who should pay is not the primary concern, and often families do not realise that fees have been mistakenly charged and paid until several years after the person being cared for has passed away. At Nockolds, we have an excellent track-record in challenging these decisions both at the time they are made and retrospectively, in the process recovering substantial compensation and saving our clients millions of pounds in care home fees.
Our services include:
- Future planning and asset protection
- Advice on the cost of care and who should pay for it
- Challenging assessments when NHS funding is refused or terminated
- Reclaiming care home fees
For further information on nursing care and to find out how we can help you, please contact our Wills and Probate Team on 01279 755777 or get in touch with Peter King, Head of our Wills and Probate Team.