4 May 2016 | Firm news | Article by Lisa Morgan
The Hugh James Nursing Care team have successfully reclaimed over £80million of wrongly paid care home fees for families of elderly and vulnerable people.
The team of over 80 legal professionals is the largest in England and Wales specialising in this very niche area of law. Since the department was set up in 2006, they have helped thousands of families.
If the main reason an individual is receiving care is for health, then it’s the responsibility of the NHS to pay for their care, regardless of the wealth of the individual. However, all too often, elderly and vulnerable people are told that they are responsible to pay for their care based on their financial ability to do so. This means that an individual in England with savings over £14,250 will have to pay for a portion of their care, and savings of over £23,250 means they will be responsible for the full cost – it’s important to note that these thresholds also include the value of any property owned. As a result of this, thousands of people have ended up paying for care which should have been the responsibility of the NHS.
Lisa Morgan, partner and Head of Nursing Care, said “It’s disappointing that elderly and vulnerable people are still being incorrectly assessed and are therefore compelled to pay for their own care, often meaning they are forced to sell their homes. However, we are pleased to have reached this significant milestone and we will continue to fight for families.”
For further information, visit our nursing care fees recovery pages to find out if you or a family member are eligible to reclaim care home fees.