Too many families in Northamptonshire are wrongly selling off their family home to pay for care home fees, according to the authors of a new guide launched by a solicitors this week.
Over the past five years more than one million people have been forced to sell their homes to pay care home fees across the UK.
Law firm Farley Dwek says hundreds of families in Northamptonshire may not be aware they are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding - because they are given short notice by the NHS to attend what it calls a ‘complex’ funding assessment meeting.
Currently 655 Northampton families receive the funding - but the company believes 1,500 more could be eligible.
Andrew Farley of Farley Dwek, said: “Crucial decisions are made that could spell the difference between paying nothing and paying £700 a week.
“Local NHS Trusts have made too many mistakes regarding funding and it is important you get the funding you are entitled to and ensure that your relative is assessed on a regular basis.”
The all party parliamentary group on Parkinson’s Disease recently produced its “Failing to Care” report which highlights the failures of the NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding assessment process within the NHS.
The report was critical of the NHS’s procedures. One of the contributors to the paper called the process “intimidating” and “humiliating.”
The Farley Dwek guide to receiving the funding is being backed by TV presenter Gloria Hunniford.
She said: “Putting relatives in a care home or even paying for their care at home is a tough enough decision. It’s stressful and emotionally charged.
“But sorting out the finances to fund their care can cause a financial headache that lasts for years afterwards.
“The funding process can be complicated and not enough people understand it. Too many families feel as though there is a lack of help out there and are missing out on funding they are entitled to as a result.”
To download the free guide visit www.farleydwek.com or call 0800 011 4136.