NHS Continuing Healthcare is the name given to a package of care which is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals outside of hospital who have ongoing healthcare needs.

NHS Continuing Healthcare is free, unlike help from social services for which a financial charge may be made depending on your income and savings.

Continuing Healthcare can be provided in your own home, this means that the NHS will pay for healthcare (e.g. services from a community nurse or specialist therapist) and personal care (e.g. help with bathing, dressing and laundry).

If you receive Continuing Healthcare in a care home, the NHS also pays for your care home fees, including board and accommodation.

The assessment process for Continuing Care can be complex. For more information and downloadable factsheets:

NHS Choices website

Age UK