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What is Continuing Healthcare

Continuing Healthcare is care provided over an extended period of time to a person aged 18 or over to meet physical or mental health needs which have arisen as the result of disability, accident or illness.

The NHS defines Continuing Healthcare as:

“A package of care which is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals outside of hospital who have ongoing healthcare needs. You can receive continuing healthcare in any setting, including your own home or a care home.
In your own home, this means that the NHS will pay for healthcare (e.g. services from a community nurse or specialist therapist) and personal care (e.g. help with bathing, dressing and laundry). In a care home, the NHS also pays for your care home fees, including board and accommodation.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare is free. This is unlike help from social services which you may need to pay for depending on your income and capital.