Midlands Top Tier Award Winning law firm Sydney Mitchell LLP highlights the need for specialist legal advice when dealing with continuing health care and the affordability to pay for care in later life. "All too often we see continuing healthcare checklists and full continuing healthcare assessment completed incorrectly without full representation of the evidence and needs" says Paul Gill, Specialist Care Adviser at Sydney Mitchell.
Paul Gill has practised as a registered mental health nurse in the NHS for 31 years, gaining experience in numerous fields before specialising in working with older clients in both acute physical healthcare and psychiatric environments. He joined the Continuing Healthcare team in Solihull in 2008 and worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Continuing Healthcare (Mental Health) until joining Sydney Mitchell in 2014.
We have attended many review cases, to discover that individuals should not have been paying for care as they have a primary health need. In many cases clients were not aware that they had undergone an assessment and the family or relatives had not been informed or made fully aware of their legal entitlement.
According to facts and figures from Age UK Dec 2014 and Laing and Buisson Care of Elderly People Market Survey, the combined care market value for care for older people, including local authority funded, voluntary and private expenditure, is estimated to be worth over £22.2 billion, of which £13.4 billion is attributable to residential care and £8.8 billion to non-residential care.
Tracy Creed, Head of Probate at Sydney Mitchell commented:
With an ever increasing aging population more and more people will be affected by care placement and care funding issues. It is ever more important that Continuing Health Care assessments come to the fore and members of the public are informed and involved in the assessment processes. We often receive calls late on in proceedings; whereas if the public were more aware of the process and assessment criteria well in advance, the painful and costly appeal process could be avoided. Don’t leave it until it is too late. Speak to a specialist at an early stage and take advice at the earliest opportunity.
Paul Gill is a registered mental health nurse and specialist adviser and is based at Sydney Mitchell’s Shirley office. He has been involved in dealing with continuing health care since 2009 when the new legislation and guidance came into effect and has worked on both sides of the fence so understands the complexities involved.
*Source: Age UK Later Life update 4 December 2014- Home and Care - The combined care market value is estimated to be worth £22.2 billion, of which £13.4 billion is attributable to residential care and £8.8 billion to non-residential care - Care of Elderly People Market Survey 2012/13, Laing and Buisson, 2013 and Community Care Statistics table P2f 1c NHS information Centre 2013.
If you would like help or guidance with any Continuing Health Care matters, please speak to Tracy Creed or Paul Gill on 0121 746 3300, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online enquiry form and we will be only too pleased to help you with this complex area.