I've had a slight relapse and have started reading up on CHC again.
I keep hearing about cases where people are refused CHC when they are dealing with really quite demanding care.
Is it worth appealing?
I would strongly recommend that anyone considering an appeal should get proper legal support from an experienced CHC legal or quasi legal team. It appears that there are many 'tactics' used by CCGs to fight their case and a team which is not experienced in this area is at a great disadvantage.
These are the timescales and steps of appeal.
Whereas the Decision Support Tool (DST) tries to bring some objectivity into the process there is still a lot of subjectivity in the decisions.
"Completion of the tool should result in an overall picture of the individual’s needs that captures their nature, and their complexity, intensity and/or unpredictability – and thus the quality and/or quantity (including continuity) of care required to meet the individual’s needs. " And it is often the assessors views of intensity and/or unpredictability which are crucial.
Here are some of the incorrect things often said to carers which should be watched for:
Legal Support - Care to Be Different (A specialist CHC website) recommend:
However Beacon (NHS) are very good and they give a free hour of telephone consultation too (Endorsed by Age UK):
Best to all