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NHS continuation of Care


Registered User
Jun 10, 2019
Any advice would be wonderful.
My father in law aged 84 has had to put mum 84into care ,he didn't want to and has been her sole carer for over 7 years since she was diagnosed with Dementia. He can not look after her anymore she can do nothing for herself at all,she can not walk without two people supporting her and refuses to sit in a wheelchair and even eating is a problem, she can not use knife fork or spoon anymore she finger feeds like a toddler does , she will not let dad dress or wash her or do anything for her at all anymore she attacks him if he tries to help her, she's double incontinent and won't let him clean her. We got carers to come in each day and for two weeks she allowed them under protest to wash and dress her and now she won't let them. She's been in care home for a week and is ''sweetness itself '' at the moment. Any
way my father in law asked if he could claim NHS cont care etc and social worker said ''absolutely not' is this correct or is he entitled to put in a claim ?? as I said he didn't want her in care home but didnt have any choice but to put her in as she refuses all care at home , any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.


Volunteer Moderator
Dec 15, 2012
Hi @tattytwee
the social worker is probably correct ... the qualifying requirements for CHC funding are pretty stringent and are, as the name suggests, regarding health issues which you haven't mentioned as an issue with your mum
having said that, you can certainly talk to the manager of the care home (not nursing home?)
there are quite a few threads which deal with CHC funding so do a search from the home page and you may gain some ideas
if she is self funding, she will keep Attendance Allowance ... if this isn't already in place, she will qualify for that


Registered User
Aug 24, 2013
Here's a link to the CHC thread, it is possible to get CHC but for health issues, what you describe would likely be classed as "social" issues. If none medically qualified people like carers can deal with the issues then in the Orwellian world of CHC they're not healthcare issues.
The link below is long but it will give you some idea of how difficult it is to get CHC just for Alzheimer's.

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Registered User
Feb 25, 2014
South coast
Unfortunately, all the things that you have mentioned are considered social needs rather than health needs, so dont count for CHC.


Registered User
May 12, 2018
Unbelieveable that they class this illness as a social care need! What a stupid, ignorant system :(