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    Council assessment for care contributions

    Hello All

    First time posting but our family have picked up a lot of really helpful information following our mother's diagnosis in February 2021.

    We're seeking some advice please in relation to financial assessments for care costs as we are having issues with our local council.

    Time has moved on and our mother (who lived alone in her own small house) eventually in October last year needed to move to a care home as she needed full time care including hoisting from bed to chair, eating, bathing etc.

    During this time we have been working with our local council in England who provide funding for care, going through the financial assessments for level of contribution. With the exception of the house, our mother's assets were below the £23.25k threshold, so the initial assessment was that a contribution of c. £160 pw was needed for the home while she was classed as a temporary resident.

    Once mum went full time into care, there was a re-assessment, this came back several times with errors from the Council which were picked up. We elected to go with a deferred payment scheme for her house, simply to avoid the immediate hassle of a sale, the Council to date have yet to start that process. Throughout this time the care home was billing us c. £160 as assessed previously by the council and we have been paying this.

    Sadly our mother passed away in early August. A week or two later the council produced a renewed assessment which addressed the errors we raised, we were happy with it and the council also in light of our mother's passing confirmed that it was correct and final.

    Subsequent to this the care home have billed us on a self funding basis from January 22 onwards and have independently been in touch with the council to confirm that what they say is correct. The Council are now saying that we need to be on a self-funding basis from January and there is also interest to pay on the outstanding amount.

    The question is here, what is the correct amount we should be paying and what ability do the council have to amend their financial assessment that was issued in August? Is it the amount as per their August assessment which they said at the time was correct or the new as yet to be seen assessment that says it needs to be self funded?

    There has been a catalogue of errors and delay from the council who have clearly got themselves into a massive tangle, as executers to our mother's will, this is just an enormous headache for us. We are happy to pay what is fair and due but nothing more - we just need help to establish what that number should be.

    Many thanks


    Last edited by J_Hill; 12 October 2022, 12:50.

    I really don't know the answer to this as across the country things vary so much. Think if I was you I'd get in touch with citizens advice.

    I think the whole system is a nightmare. No one needs this when their loved one is ill or when they have passed.

    when i can think of something profound i will update this.


      J_Hill A warm welcome to the forum, James.

      I am of no use to you on this topic, I'm sorry, but I wonder if the MND Connect helpline could give you advice or point you in the right direction (or Citizen's Advice??)

      Best wishes.

      Love Ellie xx
      ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
      Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.