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Care home fees: know where you stand

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If you or someone you care for is in a care home registered to provide nursing care, you may be entitled to a weekly payment called ‘funded nursing care’ (FNC).

What is funded nursing care?

It’s a contribution from the NHS that covers the nursing care you receive when you’re in a nursing home. It’s available to people paying for some, or all, of their own care and those funded by the council. It isn’t means-tested. The amount is £155.05 per week, set by the Department of Health, and it’s paid directly to the nursing home.

Do I qualify?

Funded nursing care is for people in nursing homes who need care from a registered nurse. If you live in a care home that doesn’t offer nursing, or you don’t have any nursing needs, then you don’t qualify.

If you do get nursing care, your care home usually arranges for the payment to be made on your behalf and you don’t need to do anything.

If you aren’t getting funded nursing care, you will need to be assessed by your local clinical commissioning group (CCG). Speak to your nursing home to find out how to do this.

Some changes may affect your eligibility. For example, if you no longer need nursing care, you will no longer receive payments.

How can I check the payment is being made?

If you are a self-funder and receive this payment, you should see it on your bill from your nursing home.

How can I find out more?

If you have any questions about funded nursing care payment, call 023 9243 7963 for more information.

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Your local clinical commissioning group (CCG) may also be able to help – use the CCG directory.