We understand that going into a care home or receiving care within the community can be a demanding and frustrating time for the individual involved and for their relatives, both financially and emotionally.
The legal framework in which Community Care operates is ever changing and at FBC Manby Bowdler we have a specialist Community Care Team in place whose responsibility it is to navigate those changes for you, ensure that you or your relative understands the care received and the financial implications of this care.
Our Community Care Team draws together lawyers who have expert knowledge on all aspects of Community Care Law, in particular the funding of care for the elderly and the disabled, both during life and after death. We can provide you with clear guidance and support through what can be a challenging and distressing time.
We work proactively with you to ensure that you receive tailored, comprehensive and sympathetic advice that assists in uncomplicating the legal process, ensuring at all times you understand what is being done on your behalf.
Michelle Monnes-Thomas is FBC Manby Bowdler’s Alzheimer’s Society ‘Dementia Friends’ Training Champion and heads the Firm’s support of this initiative.
Though training, workshops and community engagement Michelle leads efforts to educate colleagues about dementia and improve the service we offer to sufferers and those who care for them.
The Team can provide clear advice on a number of issues in this areas including:
- Advising on Local Authority Financial Assessments including advice on assets and income to be disregarded as part of this assessment
- Advising on jointly owned property
- Advising on third party contributions required towards a relative’s care fees
- Assisting previous self funders in securing Local Authority Funding for Future Care Fees
- Attending assessments and reviews with patients and relatives of patients
- Challenging decisions to withdraw NHS Continuing Health Care following review
- Advising on potential challenges concerning deliberate deprivation of capital/income
- Defending claims made by the Local Authority (particularly regarding Deferred Payment Plans) against an individual
- Recovering retrospective nursing care fees previously paid for both a deceased and live patient
If you have an enquiry in relation to care funding or simply want to speak to a member of our friendly Team for further information and guidance, please use the request a call back or make an enquiry option to get in touch.
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