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Continuing healthcare (CHC)

What is NHS continuing healthcare (CHC)?

NHS continuing healthcare is the name given to care and support which is arranged and paid for by the NHS. It's also known as CHC funding. It's for people who have ongoing healthcare needs and may include social care costs which would normally be paid for by an individual or the council. You can receive NHS continuing healthcare if you are living in your own home or in a care home. It is not available for those in hospital.

NHS continuing healthcare is free, unlike support provided by the council, for which a financial charge may be made depending on your income and savings.

If you are eligible for NHS continuing healthcare and you live in your own home, this means that the NHS will pay for your care fees in addition to providing you with a case manager. Care fees can be paid directly or via a Personal Health Budget (PHB), which is similar to a Direct Payment (DP). The NHS may also pay for other care needs such as help with bathing and dressing, food preparation and shopping. 

If you live in a care home, NHS continuing healthcare can pay for your care home fees, including board and accommodation.

In Dorset, NHS CHC is provided via Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group. 

The NHS provides further information

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