If you’re eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, the next stage is to arrange a care and support package that meets your assessed needs. Depending on your situation, different options could be suitable, including:
NHS Dorset will work collaboratively with you and consider your views when agreeing your care and support package and the setting where it will be provided. However, NHS Dorset can also take other factors into account, such as the cost and value for money of different options.
It can take some time to source care, which is dependent on individual circumstances, the level of care required and the availability of care in the area in which you live. There is a national shortage of care workers across all health and care services which may impact on the availability and choice of care offered to you.
The care that NHS Dorset offers will always be determined as clinically safe. Due to the restricted availability of care, the option provided will be the best that NHS Dorset is able to offer. You always have the right to decline care and to source and fund an alternative yourself should you decide to do so.
If NHS Dorset agrees to fund your care, you will be asked to provide copies of relevant invoices/receipts and corresponding bank statements in order to arrange reimbursement for any care you have paid for from the date of the eligibility decision until we have arranged to fund the package of care.
NHS Dorset will only meet direct care costs. Other incidental costs such as hairdressing, chiropody and newspapers will not be met.