Mrs Patricia Heywood
Patricia Heywood suffers with Alzheimer’s disease and due to her health is currently cared for in a nursing home on the outskirts Huddersfield. She entered a residential home in 2018, but as her health deteriorated she was moved to a nursing home in 2019.
Due to suffering with dementia, Patricia can exhibit challenging behaviour, is disorientated to time, place and person. She cannot communicate effectively, requires all her medication to be administered to her and is mobile, but at a high risk of falls.
Mrs Heywood’s daughters approached Hugh James in 2019 and we requested an assessment of her current needs and a retrospective review from Mrs Heywood’s entry to the residential care home in 2018.
A Decision Support Tool was completed in August 2019 which found Mrs Heywood eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare and her ongoing care home fees of over £3000 per month to be met by the NHS.
A retrospective review was then completed and following resolution meetings in 2021 confirmed that Mrs Heywood should have been eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare since her admission to the care home in 2018. Mrs Heywood was reimbursed over £40,000 which included all the care home fees she paid from 2018 together with interest.
Debbie Emms, daughter of Mrs Heywood, said:
I would not hesitate to recommend Hugh James. Without their legal expertise I definitely wouldn’t have been able to secure mum’s retrospective reimbursement.