NHS continuing healthcare

NHS continuing healthcare is provided solely by the NHS if you have extensive healthcare needs. This is free of charge, wherever it is delivered and can be provided in any setting. In your own home the NHS funds all care required to meet your assessed needs. In a care home, the NHS makes a contract with the home and pays the full fees for your accommodation as well as all your care.

You can ask for an assessment by health and social care professionals who will visit you to identify and prioritise your needs. The assessment will be used to decide what services will be provided and where, and who funds them.

If your needs change, regular reviews will be carried out and your care and/or funding arrangements will change to meet them. Contact the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for more information (see page 51 for contact details of the relevant office for your region).