Getting an Applicant ‘Checklisted’ is the start of the process of seeking state funding for care fees. If you pas this stage of the process you then go on to be assessed further. If you ‘pass’ this stage the Checklist is deemed to be a ‘positive’ Checklist – if the Applicant fails at this stage then the Checklist is known as a ‘Negative’ Checklist.
If the Checklist is positive and the full assessment is undertaken then a funding decision should be made within 28 days. Importantly if the timeframe extends beyond the 28 days, then funding should be met whilst the NHS eligibility decision is made.
We have seen many examples where the decision whether or not to fund becomes protracted but funding is not given in this period. If you find yourself in this situation then give us a call – 01536 311 690.
Time Frames – Fast Track Assessment
Fast Track Assessment is an exception to the above timeframe. This applies if someone is approaching end of life and requires care. As the name suggests this sees the application for funding being speeded up with the only requirement being a rapidly deteriorating condition; that may be entering a terminal phase. There is a form that can be completed by your GP that can access this funding.
We have, however, come across instances where the Fast Track route has been accessed by professionals involved in a patient’s treatment in hospital in order to clear bed space. In such cases the NHS has re-assessed the granting of the funding under the Fast Track route and concluded that there is no primary health need and withdrawn the funding. In these circumstances, again, we can help.