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FAQs & Myths

This section contains a downloadable pdf of a series of ‘Frequently asked Questions’ as well as some of the ‘myths’ surrounding the subject of ‘Continuing Health Care’. It also explains some of the frequently used ‘terminology’ or ‘jargon’ in laymans’ terms so that the criteria surrounding the Continuing Healthcare Assessment process is more transparent and understandable to patients and their families.

Below are also some useful links to key areas of information about the various stages involved in the Continuing Healthcare Assessment process such as the ‘Checklist’ and the ‘Decision Support Tool’ (DST) as well as a link to the official ‘National Framework for Continuing Care’.

Frequently Asked Questions

The process of being assessed for Continuing Healthcare, and successfully gaining it, is complex.

Every patient who suffers ill health is entitled to be considered for a Continuing Healthcare assessment. And if that assessment reveals a ‘primary health need’, the NHS should fund their care in whatever setting he or she chooses. Most patients are cared for in a residential or nursing home, but few know they can also choose to remain in their own home with a fully funded care package. 

Paladin have provided a Frequently asked Questions Fact sheet below which can be downloaded. We hope this information assists patients and their families in understanding this complex area.

Click the brochure image to download the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document.


There are many misconceptions and myths surrounding the area of Continuing Healthcare. Below we have listed just a few statements which fall into this category as they are simply not true.

Myth 1

A patient can only request a Continuing Healthcare Assessment if they transfer from a ‘residential care home’ to a ‘nursing care home’.

Myth 2

You can’t have a Continuing Healthcare Assessment if you have more than 3 months to live.

Myth 3

One PCT told its patient that in order to undertake a Continuing Healthcare Assessment the patient would have to move out of their own home and into an ‘EMI care home’.

Myth 4

One Social Services Department informed its patient that they couldn’t undertake a Continuing Healthcare Assessment because the patient lived in a ‘residential home’.