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When a person requires residential accommodation, a local authority care needs assessment of their finances is required in order to determine how the accommodation will be paid for. With the costs of care home accommodation ranging from £575 to £900 per week on average, it is not surprising that the rules relating to charging cause much controversy.

The following discusses the rules in Wales for charging for care home accommodation. Although similar, there are separate rules relating to charging for care home accommodation in England. More...

Claire Davis, Welsh Director of Solicitors for the Elderly, has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to allow people moving into a care home to keep more of their savings from April next year.

The limit will initially rise from £24,000 to £30,000 next year before a promised increase to £50,000.

Commenting after the Welsh Government confirmed the increase, Claire said, 

“This is great news and could result in Welsh people moving into residential care being in a better position than those in England.” More...

When you or a relative needs to move into a full-time care home, the change in situation can be difficult enough without having to worry about cost. Care home fees can run into the hundreds of thousands, putting a huge amount of pressure on families under strain.

To help reduce this additional burden, Howells Solicitors has put together a 10-minute guide outlining the various ways to pay for care, as well as explaining instances where fees can be reclaimed and how to do this.

Who Pays Care Home Fees?

Usually, when a person requires residential accommodation, the Local Authority will assess their finances in order to determine how it should be paid for.

If a person has capital over £24,000 (Wales) and is not eligible for NHS funding they are considered ‘self-funding’, which means they have to pay the full cost of their care.More...

care home fees

The Welsh Assembly Government has set a deadline for claims for the refund of care home fees paid between 1st April 2003 and 31st July 2013 to be made. The deadline is 31st July 2014.

Any person who has been contributing to the costs of care home fees from either their income (including state pension or other benefits), or savings, between the above mentioned dates may be entitled to a full or partial reimbursement. The law says that if the primary reason for being in a care home is because you have a health care need rather than social care needs, the full cost of your care and accommodation should be paid by the NHS.

In Wales, Health Boards are regularly being forced to repay millions of pounds to care home residents and/or their families. Howells Solicitors have acted for some of these families and recovered huge amounts of wrongly paid fees.

For further information on the services provided by Howells Solicitors, check out our specialist elderly client solicitors. More...

protecting your family home

Every year, hard-working people who have strived all their lives to pay for their family home are seeing their hard work count for nothing, as their homes are sold to meet the cost of care in later life.

Research shows that half of women and a third of men will require some form of long-term care. It is this, in some cases the exorbitant cost of residential care, which means thousands of people are unable to pass their family home down to their children.

What happens to homeowners entering a care home?

If you own your home the local authority will not count it as capital until you have been receiving residential care or living in a nursing home for 12 weeks. After this point, your home will still not be classed as capital if any of the following still reside there: More...

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