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Is it correct that if an elderly person is requiring full time

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Is it correct that if an elderly person is requiring full time care and is in the final stages of Parkinsons Disease they may receive free care
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

Dr. David :

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you are in the UN, so there is national free healthcare through the NHS

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nursing care in the home is another matter.

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the NHS can usually send nurses to visit possibly once a week or once every other week.

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but 24 hour care at home can be quite an expensive cost.

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some patients who need full time care would be better at a nursing home.

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these are called care homes or residential homes.

JACUSTOMER-u6ox3k1y- :

I understand that care is free in care homes for patients with Parkinsons Disease

Dr. David :

http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/guide/practicalsupport/Pages/Chargingforresidentialcare.aspx

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yes, that is the case.

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are you looking for a care home for a family member?

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yes

JACUSTOMER-u6ox3k1y- :

My father is currently in a care home and paying £650 per week but this is now looking like it will become permanent

Dr. David :

I see.

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I would contact the care home and see if they can perform an assessment for him

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and financial review and see if they can get him covered 100%

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You can also ask for an assessment for the person you look after by talking to a health or social care professional working with them or the NHS continuing healthcare coordinator at the primary care trust. You can find out the name of your local co-ordinator by asking your GP, contacting your local Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS), or contacting your Clinical Commissioning Group directly.

JACUSTOMER-u6ox3k1y- :

Yes he will be assessed but I read in the press recently that persons with latter stages of Parkinsons should get free care

Dr. David :

yes, I agree.

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he should be getting comprehensive care for his condition.

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good luck to you and him.

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I hope it goes well

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let me know if you have other questions.

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why did you rate poor service?

Expert:  DrHelen replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am Dr Helen, a UK GP who knows how the system works....or rather how difficult to understand it can all be.
There is no easy answer to whether or not your father can receive his care for free.

He MAY be eligible for free care but will have to fit a lot of criteria first.
Have a look at this UK website:

http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/qa-nhs-continuing-healthcare-and-parkinsons

It gives a lot of detail about how it all works. It is very complicated but the home, together with your GP or district nurse, have to complete an assessment in the first instance.

Initially you have to explore if social services will agree to fund his place. If they decide he should be funded by healthcare they will say so.

Unfortunately just how much funding is given in cases like your father's varies around the country. There is not one rule that is black and white and used nationally.

The home should be very used to doing these assessments and are best placed to guide you through it but do look at the website I've given you because there is a lot of detail about Parkinson's in general on there and specific details about funding issues.

Best wishes.




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