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“Led up the garden path, then cruelly let down.” The ‘rogue’ firms that came into continuing healthcare for a quick buck.

Posted on: July 20th, 2016 by Tim Saunders

Beacon’s Managing Director, Dan Harbour, today appeared on BBC Radio 4’s consumer affairs programme You and Yours to lift the lid on ill-prepared claims firms that are letting vulnerable people down. Here Dan writes about his concerns and anger at these firms: Back in March 2012, a new deadline was set for retrospective assessments for continuing healthcare funding. This meant that people that had paid for their care between 2004 and 2011 had until 30 September 2012 to apply for a back-dated assessment of funding eligibility, or to appeal a decision relating to that period. People …read more

Two (+11) today and proud of what we’ve achieved for others

Posted on: May 20th, 2016 by Tim Saunders

Back in May 2014, after 11 years of unique service as a charity, Beacon was born. We became a social enterprise offering quasi-legal advice and advocacy for people all over the UK navigating the maze of NHS Continuing Healthcare. Since then we’ve ethically and expertly helped thousands of individuals to understand this complex area of policy and case law, offering advice to 4,700 people in just 24 months. Many more (38,000) have used our website to understand the process involved and terms used in Continuing Healthcare, and our free Navigational Toolkit has been downloaded 3,650 times. …read more

Help improve NHS continuing healthcare

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by Tim Saunders

The Failing to Care coalition of charities, which is supported by Beacon, campaigns to improve NHS continuing healthcare. NHS continuing healthcare, also known as NHS continuing care, is a package of care that is arranged and funded by the NHS. It is free of charge to the person receiving the care and it’s provided on an ongoing basis outside of hospital. Eligibility rests not on the condition the person has, but on whether the person in question has a primary health need – which can be hard to determine. In order to improve NHS continuing healthcare …read more

Beacon featuring at the Alzheimer’s Show 5th/6th June – Olympia, London

Posted on: June 4th, 2015 by Tim Saunders

We are delighted to announce that Beacon will be exhibiting at The Alzheimer’s Show 2015, the UK’s only dedicated exhibition and conference for those affected by dementia, which is being held at the Olympia Conference Centre in London on the 5th and 6th June. We will have our own stand and will be providing information and advice at the front of our stall plus, for individuals that would like to talk about their situation in further depth, we are providing free 20 minute consultations. Beacon’s Managing Director, Dan Harbour will be presenting a talk, entitled “When …read more

Your Continuing Healthcare Assessment: Things to Bear in Mind part 2

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Tim Saunders

If You are Eligible for Continuing Healthcare Your Benefits May be Affected Some benefits will change when you become eligible for continuing healthcare. If you receive Attendance Allowance (AA) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in a care home with nursing, these will normally stop 28 days after continuing healthcare begins, however DLA will not normally stop if you are not receiving care from a qualified nurse or if you receive care in your own home. If DLA is stopped, the DLA higher rate mobility component will continue to be paid over to Motability’s service providers in …read more

Your Continuing Healthcare Assessment: Things to Bear in Mind part 1

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by Tim Saunders

Having a Diagnosis of Dementia Does Not Guarantee You Will be Eligible Eligibility for continuing healthcare is not dependent upon a diagnosis, and so a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or another degenerative condition will not necessarily be assessed as having a primary health need. Eligibility is determined by assessing your day-to-day care needs and how those needs should be met. Depending on the progression of the illness a person with dementia or any other disability or illness will present with a number of health and social care needs, some of …read more

Beacon Featured on BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 Programme Tomorrow – Tuesday 18th November, 8pm

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by Tim Saunders

Tomorrow’s BBC File on 4 programme focusses its attention on NHS continuing healthcare and asks the question: can the NHS afford long-term community nursing care for the old and the sick? The radio documentary, which will be broadcast at 8:00pm on Tuesday evening, uses investigative journalism techniques to analyse the impact of backdated ‘claims’ on NHS budgets and to look into the problems faced by many people who are trying to access long-term health care funding. The show features a discussion about the state of NHS continuing healthcare, including an interview with Beacon’s Managing Director, Dan …read more

Beacon Featured on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health Programme Tonight – Tuesday 30th September, 9pm

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by Tim Saunders

Tonight’s BBC Inside Health programme will feature a discussion about the state of NHS continuing healthcare in England and Wales, including an interview with Beacon’s Managing Director, Dan Harbour. Presented by Dr. Mark Porter, the feature will focus on the difficulties experienced by many families in obtaining NHS funding for the long-term care of a loved-one, with contributions from people who have experienced the inefficiencies of the assessment system. The programme will highlight growing concerns about delays in assessment timescales and discuss recent NHS statistics which show that seven years after the introduction of national guidance, …read more

FirstStop Advice Partnership with Beacon

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Tim Saunders

We are delighted to announce that Beacon is now working in partnership with FirstStop Advice. FirstStop Advice is an independent, impartial and free service provided by the national charity Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) in partnership with local and national partner organisations. The service is for older people, their families and carers. It aims to help people get the help or care they need to live as independently and comfortably as possible. Whether that is remaining living where they are now, or moving to somewhere that suits them better, FirstStop are able to discuss all their options. …read more

NHS Data Shows Eligibility for Care Funding is Still a Postcode Lottery

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Tim Saunders

Thousands of the most vulnerable people with serious health problems are being neglected by our continuing healthcare system. The latest official figures show a further and accelerating rise in the numbers of people eligible for continuing healthcare to 60,000 but with huge regional variations in the setting of the threshold. Figures published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre recently show that an average of 53.8 people per 50,000 are entitled to NHS continuing healthcare and those people will have the full cost of their care and accommodation funded by the NHS. But some parts …read more