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6 weeks free care is up

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by banger696, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. banger696

    banger696 Registered User

    Sep 17, 2015
    225
    North East
    I only found out from one of the carers that the first six weeks were free and within a couple of days the social worker rang up asking if we needed them anymore. As they only stayed 15 mins and chatted we said no and the care agency had said that they werent really doing anything for mum yet we had to fill in a financial assessment form for the LA.

    I often get the feeling the LA doesnt know what it is doing as the SW said we would have to pay as mum had savings, but later the carer told us the six weeks are free.

    Hope we dont get a bill.
     
  2. Chuggalug

    Chuggalug Registered User

    Mar 24, 2014
    8,007
    Norfolk
    I'm currently fighting for a similar thing, only, it's care home charges. I heard all the bluff about savings, and thresholds. For me, I have very low income and still have to pay for care. If anyone is exempt from charges, it certainly isn't me! I have basic ESA and PIP as my own income. Still waiting for ESA to be finalised. All hubby's benefits were taken away except for a single man's pension. That's our total income without savings.

    Get a financial advocate on your side - Alzheimer's Society have this service. They know how everything works and will fight your corner with you.
     
  3. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,439
    OK - was this after a hospital stay?
     
  4. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    8,054
    Yorkshire
    Hi banger 696
    I believe your home care was a re-ablement package after your mum's stay in hospital - and so was free but ends after 6 weeks (dad had this too). After that the LA 'take over' and either fund the care or, if your mum is self-funding, will require payments to be organised.
    Personally, I would be wary of having no more home care as if you don't continue, in my experience, Adult Services will close your mum's case and should your situation change and you want more support, a new case will be opened after you contact them again, which will inevitably mean delays.
    Did you sort out exactly what support the care visits were meant to offer eg personal care in the morning, to help wash, dress, have breakfast or to make sure meals were made and eaten or for medication? As you will only want to keep on or start support which helps you and your mum.
    Please consider carefully what your situation was before your mum went into hospital and keep as much support as you can to keep you both well and settled - don't end up doing too much yourself!
     
  5. Bod

    Bod Registered User

    Aug 30, 2013
    1,164
    Also if mum is now used to having care coming in, stopping it, will make accepting it later when really needed, a lot harder.

    Bod
     
  6. banger696

    banger696 Registered User

    Sep 17, 2015
    225
    North East
    Yes Jennifer it was after hospital. But the care has already been cancelled by hospital sw as the care agency admitted they were doing nothing for mum so I guess I will have to start over.
     
  7. MorbidMagpie

    MorbidMagpie Registered User

    Nov 10, 2015
    23
    England
    A social worker should come and do an assessment, if it is agreed that residential care is appropriate they can put a short term local authority contract in place until the long term funding is agreed (the social worker will submit an assessment to a panel for this).

    If not then they'll keep the contract in place until appropriate care is put in place at home.


    Living each moment life throws at me as a social worker and with a dad with younger onset dementia.
     

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