1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. Sally

    Sally Registered User

    Mar 16, 2004
    114
    London
    Hi folks, can you help with your collective vast experience of the benefits system?
    Have you ever known of someone continuing to get attendance allowance because they pay for themselves in residential BUT get a nursing need covered (lower/middle/higher)?

    I ask because I have been informed that if someone does get a nursing band they lose their AA. How unfair?! (stamp, storm, rant, ). Effectively therefore if a person was self-funding and got £58.80 a week AA, an assessment which showed they had deteriorated enough to get lower band nursing would mean that they lost their extra cash.

    I am hoping very much that this is not true.

    Thanks,

    Sally
     
  2. Geraldine

    Geraldine Registered User

    Oct 17, 2003
    143
    Nottingham
    HI SALLY

    As far as I know if residents are Self Funding they continue to get AA irrespective of whatever Nursing Band they are in. My Mum is in a High Band is Self Funding and still get s it. You lose AA when your Capital slips below £20,000 and you are eligible for SS help towards fees. What happens then is you lose AA the SS have a formula to work out what you pay torwards the care. The SS pay the home and the you pay a contribution to the SS.

    Both Help the Aged and Age Concern have excellent Fact Sheets on finacial matters. You could also try getting in touch qith the Welfare Rights Organisation.

    Hope this helps

    Geraldine
     
  3. Sally

    Sally Registered User

    Mar 16, 2004
    114
    London
    Geraldine,

    You star! And thank goodness for that.

    Sally
     
  4. Chris

    Chris Registered User

    May 20, 2003
    243
    Hello

    My Mum wsa self funding for 7 years in care homes and lived in various sorts of homes (all 6 of them). She received AA all that time and even when she moved to EMI Nursing home (as it was caused then) and then latterly - till last November, in a general nursing home.

    While in the EMI nursing home the Registered Nurisng Care Contribution came in (think thats its title) - Mum was always in the middle band . The AA was not affected by this.

    BUT there is one situation where AA cannot be claimed (but I'm not absolutely sure this still applies - but prob does) - that is when the care home is owned by the Local Authority or when the Care Home is in receipt of grants to help it run the home.

    Chris
     
  5. Sally

    Sally Registered User

    Mar 16, 2004
    114
    London
    thanks Chris,

    it all seems more complicated than one would think but then, that's the benefits sytem for you.

    Sara
     
  6. Sally

    Sally Registered User

    Mar 16, 2004
    114
    London
    thanks Chris,

    it all seems more complicated than one would think but then, that's the benefits sytem for you.

    Sara
     

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