Some of you may remember my post from December about emergency care for my dad, link below for those that wish to read it.
Long story short, after huge effort and stress I managed to get my dad into emergency care home for respite whilst mum was recovering from a major operation.
The SSD provided funding for about £565 a week and we paid a top up directly to the care home of around £65 a week. The funding was initially provided for four weeks whilst he was assessed. This all happened over Christmas with Dad going into care on the 11th December, he was taken to hospital on the 2nd January and he died the day after.
I have now been contacted by the council’s Charging Assessment Team advising me that they haven’t received the financial assessment form they sent to me in December and I need to repay the money for his respite.
I didn’t return this at the time as I wanted an NHS CHC assessment to be done. Since dad passed away not long after and over the Christmas period no assessments were completed by anyone other than a mental capacity assessment done prior to going in the home by the social worker. I have therefore never returned any financial assessment paperwork.
Any thoughts on repayment? I was sure I read somewhere that the first few weeks during the assessment prior don’t have to be repaid, but I will hold my hands up and say I could well have imagined it.
I am quite prepared to repay the fees if they are the rules, but if there is a possibility of some grace period which I am not being told about from the assessment team, then I am fully prepared to go into battle with them.
Do any of you amazing people know the rules around this, given the circumstances?