Continuing Health Care (CHC) funding and benefits

If you are awarded CHC funding (NHS funding based on health needs, it is not means-tested). CHC is paid from the local Clinical Commissioning Group. CHC can pay for your care in a hospice, in a nursing home, or in your own home. If CHC fund your care this may affect Benefits which are in place. CHC funding is paid direct to the provider of the service (a nursing home) unless you receive the care at home, when it can be paid direct to the provider of the service (care agency) or through a Personal Health Budget (usually managed by a family member).

If you have been self-funding, or contributed to your funding, in a residential/nursing home and will be CHC-funded in a nursing home
If you receive one of the following disability benefits – Attendance Allowance (AA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – and will receive CHC funding in a nursing home, notify the Disability Benefits Centre. Your benefit is suspended 29 days after the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) begins to fund your care or sooner if you have recently been in hospital.

If you live at home but will be CHC-funded in a nursing home
If you have been claiming a disability benefit whilst at home, you must notify the Disability Benefits Centre. Your benefit is suspended 29 days after the CCG begins to fund your care or sooner if you have recently been in hospital.

Disability Benefits Centre:

Attendance Allowance:
Telephone: 0345 605 6055
Textphone: 0345 604 5312
Next Generation Text (NGT) relay service Dial: 18001 then 0345 605 6055

Disability Living Allowance
If you were born on or before 8 April 1948
Telephone: 0345 605 6055
Textphone: 0345 604 5312
Next Generation Text (NGT) relay service Dial: 18001 then 0345 605 6055

If you were born after 8 April 1948
Telephone: 0345 712 3456
Textphone: 0345 722 4433
Next Generation Text (NGT) relay service Dial:

Personal Independence Payment
Telephone: 0345 850 3322
Textphone: 0345 601 6677

www.gov.uk/disability-benefits-helpline

If you live at home and will continue to live at home with a CHC-funded care package
If you have been claiming a disability benefit you can continue to receive the benefit.

State Pension
State Pension is not affected by eligibility for NHS CHC funding.

Pension Credit
You lose the severe disability element of your Pension Credit award if no longer entitled to Attendance Allowance (AA) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component.

Carer’s Allowance
If your circumstances change – e.g. you are no longer providing 35+ hours care a week – notify the Carer’s Allowance Unit:
Tel: 0345 608 4321
Textphone: 0345 604 5312
www.gov.uk/carers-allowance-unit

Housing Benefit
Whilst the patient is in receipt of ‘approved medical care’ Housing Benefit (HB) can continue for 52 weeks. Hospice qualifies as ‘approved medical care’. It is not affected by any CHC application.