1. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    314
    Hi

    My mums mental health worker has offered respite fro my mum when I told her I could no longer cope. Would I have to pay for respite?
     
  2. Bunpoots

    Bunpoots Registered User

    Apr 1, 2016
    3,150
    Nottinghamshire
    No. Any payment would come from your mum. I hope you get the respite soon.
     
  3. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    314
    Thank you is there an income threshold? Or does she pay regardless of how much money she has? I’ve tried looking on line but it’s not easy to understand? For example if mum has 21 k would she pay all the fees?
     
  4. karaokePete

    karaokePete Registered User

    Jul 23, 2017
    4,997
    N Ireland
    Here's a link to the Society Factsheet on this issue, just click the 2nd line to read/print.. I hope it helps.:)

    Paying for care and support in England (532)
    PDF printable version
     
  5. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    314

    Thank you.

    She has 21k in savings her only income is her state pension and a small pension she gets from a company she worked for. She only paid half a stamp so doesn’t get a full state pension. She has no other income so I guess she would have to pay full cost for whatever care package she requires because of her savings.
     
  6. Normaleila

    Normaleila Registered User

    Jun 4, 2016
    687
    #6 Normaleila, Oct 15, 2019
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2019
    Hi. Does she get attendance allowance?
     
  7. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    314

    Hi no she doesn’t get anything. She hasn’t been assessed by the LA and if anyone tried to assess her she’d go hysterical! I filled out the claim forms but she wouldn’t sign them and I haven’t activated POA yet.
     
  8. Susan11

    Susan11 Registered User

    Nov 18, 2018
    1,554
    #8 Susan11, Oct 16, 2019
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2019
    Is your father still alive? Sorry to ask but if so I think she maybe able to claim some of his pension.
     
  9. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,882
    Female
    Scotland
    @Rosserk each LA has its own rules on respite funding. Some allow subsidised funding for two weeks a year and others allow 4 or 6 weeks etc. My own LA is Glasgow and will allow 2 weeks at £139.50 per week. Anything above that is paid privately so eg in July I paid £1103 for one extra week.

    It is important to activate the POA at the bank etc so that you can pay directly from her account when dealing with such matters.

    As regards the AA if she already has a diagnosis of her mental condition then you can apply for it without involving her. I would advise using the assistance of Age UK or similar to complete the forms as they know how to word the claim. Tell it as it is on the worst day and night. Good luck.
     
  10. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    314

    Yes so their pension is a couples pension but I don’t know how much I only know that she only ever paid half pension contribution
     
  11. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    314
     
  12. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    314

    Thank you x
     
  13. Jamesw46

    Jamesw46 Registered User

    Sep 11, 2019
    30
    Hi has your mum had a council tax discount yet,you can sort that out for her if you have poa
     
  14. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    314
    Hi thank you my mum lives with me and my dads in hospital. Dad was in a care home but there is a safeguarding investigation into his care so he can’t return to his care home. Neither would qualify for ctax reduction. Thanks anyway all ideas are gratefully received and appreciated. X
     
  15. Sirena

    Sirena Registered User

    Feb 27, 2018
    1,752
    Female
    When you say you have not 'activated' POA, do you mean you have the POA but just have never used it? If so, that's fine you can still sign off the AA forms as her POA, you then need to send a certified copy of the POA with the forms. Never let the original document out of your hands.

    I delayed applying for AA and wished I hadn't, it's a good chunk of money and really worth having.
     
  16. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    314
    Hi yes I have POA but I haven’t used it. My mother has only just been assessed as no longer having capacity, so I could contact the banks. I printed off the forms for attendance allowance but she won’t sign them. She registered the POA.
     
  17. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    314

    Hi thanks for the response. Do you mean you paid £129 for one weeks respite and you’re entitled to two weeks. Then if you want more you have to pay? Sorry am I being dim?
     
  18. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,882
    Female
    Scotland
    Each LA will have their own rule about what they will subsidise so eg if you accept the two weeks they subsidise at £139.50 per week then decide you want an extra week you will have to pay the care home the full price for the extra week. The only way of knowing is to contact your local authority and ask how many weeks respite they will subsidise should a person need that kind of support.
     
  19. Rosettastone57

    Rosettastone57 Registered User

    Oct 27, 2016
    1,047
    When I applied for AA for my mother-in-law, I did this on her behalf, sending in certified copy of POA. I didn't involve her at all ,she would never have understood anyway and had begun to lose the capacity to write or sign. She never knew she was receiving it. I simply didn't discuss it with her
     
  20. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    314
    Thank you I saw that on the form when I originally filled it in. At the time the psychiatrist hadn’t confirmed the diagnosis but she’s now written a letter which states she has lost capacity. I will discuss with the mental health team tomorrow. I also need to get certified copies of her POA which I will also look into. I think I’ve been reluctant to touch her money or take control of it so I’ve been paying for everything but I guess I need to now. X
     

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