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Beacon - NHS Continuing Healthcare

NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of care some people need to receive as a result of disability, accident or illness. People who meet the eligibility requirements have the full cost of their care and accomodation funded by the NHS.

To find out if you or your relative/friend may be eligible you can ask your GP, Social Worker or another health professional for a 'Checklist assessment'. This is the first stage in the assessment process.

Beacon is working in partnership with NHS England to provide free information and advice for people in England who need independent and specialist support in relation to NHS Continuing Healthcare.

You can call them on 0345 548 0300 to speak to a trained advisor.

Umbrella org:
NHS England
Area serviced:
0345 548 0300

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Service Definitions

Most of the treatment available under the National Health Service (NHS) is free, but there are some things for which some older people may have to pay part, all or part of the cost of, such as dental care and glasses. If you are on Income Support, Pension Credit or have Certificate HC2 or HC3, which means you can apply for a low income entitlement, most of these services will be free or subsidised. If you are on Pension Credit you will automatically qualify for help with the cost of travelling to and from hospital for NHS treatment. You may also get help towards these costs if you have a certificate HC2 or HC3 on grounds of low income. For further information contact the Benefits Agency or Age Concern Croydon.
Disability, according to the World Health Organization, is " umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.