Fast track to Continuing Healthcare?

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Grable, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. Grable

    Grable Registered User

    May 19, 2015
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    After a recent stay in hospital - pneumonia and complications from inoperable cancer - I was told that Mum qualified for Continuing Healthcare and would be fast tracked towards it. Does anybody know how long it would be for the funding to come through? I will need to stop the Attendance Allowance when it does, but am going on holiday for a couple of weeks and don't want to get into trouble for not informing the DWP.
     
  2. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
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    Funding for fast track is the same day, some CCGs try to exclude weekends but arguing will beat this.
    I would not worry too much about AA and the DWP, AA is not stopped for 28 days, recent hospital says can reduce this. The only trouble would be that Mum would be asked to pay back any overpayment.
     
  3. Grable

    Grable Registered User

    May 19, 2015
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    Thanks for the reply. I'm very confused in view of this, though. The care home manager told me it had been sorted and she would let me know when the funding came through. That was a couple of weeks ago and I've heard nothing yet. Why I should be surprised at not understanding what's happening, I don't know - the whole system seems to be some sort of Lottery whose rules are only known by a very few people!
     
  4. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
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    Ring up the CCG and ask when the fast track application was submitted.

    The care home may be waiting until they receive payment from the CCG/LA, this could take some time.

    After being given the run around by local management about refund of fees paid in advanced I emailed head office saying that from the date fast track CHC was obtained my contract with the home had been replaced by one with the PCT (forerunner of the CCG), I received a cheque by return post.

    In your case when you know for certain that fast track was obtained I would stop any future payments and ask for repayment from the date of fast track.

    Contacting the CCG could be vital.
    You say that somebody in the hospital said your Mum would be fast tracked for CHC. In my case, along with two daughters, I was taken into a side room and told by a consultant that my wife had very little life left, a registrar and nurse were also present. I asked about fast track and the consultant said she would submit the application. I asked about life expectancy and was told that if my wife survived the next 24 hours it would be weeks or months, absolute maximum 6 months, it was 3 months.

    After a fortnight with no confirmation of fast track I checked and no application had been made. I asked the GP if he would sign one which he did, submitted by telex in the morning, confirmation by telex in the afternoon.

    I then emailed the PCT with details of the three NHS employees present when the statement was made that fast track would be applied for and offering my daughters as witnesses. They apologised for 'confusion in the system' and backdated the fast track.
     
  5. Grable

    Grable Registered User

    May 19, 2015
    165
    Thanks Nitram. It sounds like a phone call does need to be made!
     

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