Hello, I am just starting to look into the process of requesting an assessment for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding for my Mum who is self-funding. Before I get too bogged down in the reading (I've bookmarked and skimmed through various docs off here, Age Concern and DoH websites), I just wanted to ask a few questions. [A bit of background: My mother has AD and is currently in a Care Home which also provides nursing care, although she is under the dementia category at present. She has been there approx 18 months and has deteriorated a lot in that time. She has extreme difficulty communicating and cannot answer questions or hold a conversation. She need help with all personal care. She is doubly incontinent. She is getting more "difficult" - aggressive, gets distressed a lot and argues with herself.Physically she is quite active and able.] If she were to get NHS CHC funding, would they pay for her to stay in her current home (not the cheapest in the area but well towards the cheaper end of the market) or would she be forced to move wherever they chose? Or would they provide a set amount which we could top up? I've been reading the Decision Support Tool used for assessing eligibility and understand that "Behaviour" is one of the key areas to prove a high degree of need. What sort of behaviour would they mean to achieve the highest "score"? I assume wandering, repetitiveness etc are fairly low down the scale, so does it mean physical aggression, verbal aggression, destructiveness or things I've not even thought of?! I believe I have to initially write to the PCT to request an assessment; do I write to the PCT for the area in which her current home is located? (She moved out of the area where she lived when she entered the home). As far as I know she has never been assessed for NHS CHC. Is there any reason her current home would be against me trying to get NHS funding - don't want to upset the status quo, at the moment things are generally ok where she is. For those of you who have been successful in ontaining CHC funding, did you do it yourself or did you have legal backing? Sorry if my questions are very basic, I literally only started thinking about this two days ago. I realise that the process is very slow and difficult, but just feel I ought to make a start because if she's not meeting the criteria yet, she may well do in the future and at least we'll be a bit further along in the process. Thanks for any advice or experiences - I know I've got a lot to get my head around!