If you move into a nursing home, the NHS may help with the costs of the nursing care component of your fees. This is NHS funded nursing care.
The NHS will cover any fees relating to the nursing or medical care you receive from a registered nurse during your stay. Depending on your circumstances, this could be anything from planning your nursing care to supervising and monitoring of nursing and healthcare tasks as well as direct nursing care.
Funded nursing care is not means tested, so your income and savings have no bearing on whether you can get it or not and it does not matter if you are self-funding your care or whether the local authority is paying for your care.
Funded nursing care is funded by the Department of Health & Social Care and paid by NHS Dorset to nursing homes if you are resident in a Dorset nursing home and registered with a Dorset GP.
If you move to a nursing home for a period of respite, NHS Dorset will pay funded nursing care for up to six weeks without carrying out a full assessment. The nursing home will advise NHS Dorset as to whether your move is permanent or for a period of respite. If you decide to stay at the nursing home an assessment will then be arranged.