My husband was admitted for long term nursing care to a place for ex military at the beginning of September. His PSP, diagnosed in October 2010, has done what it says on the tin and progressed (sorry if I sound flippant); he has by now lost his mobility, continence, speech, the ability to use his hands. He drinks with thickeners and his eyesight is affected.
Our contribution to his care is his state pension and half his army pension, a significant amount. As a result our house is up for sale and his half of the proceeds of the sale will be reassessed for further contributions which will reduce my chances of financing a decent place to live in the future.
This week I finally understood what Continuing Care means so began to ask if Eddie would be eligible. His social worker (relatively new and previous experience in the US) had never heard of it. The NHS Assessment Nurse for our region didn't know, would find out and get back to me but hasn't. The nurse manager at the care home didn't know but passed me on to their finance department who is fairly certain that a) it is only really on offer in England (we are in Scotland) and b) that it only applies if the person requiring care is transferred from a hospital to the care home. Today a CAB advisor, who didn't really know the answer either, thought that that was 'probably' the case.
Can anyone in Scotland shed any light on this for me, please?
PS I've said before on this site that I'm on the steepest learning curve I've ever been on. It seems it only gets steeper!!!