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When the NHS can pay for ongoing care

This advice applies to Wales

If you have a serious physical or mental health condition and you need ongoing care, the NHS may be responsible for providing it free of charge.

This is known as NHS continuing healthcare, and can include a place in a care home or a care package to help you continue living in your home.

Even if you are not eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, you may still be entitled to have some NHS-funded nursing care, free of charge.

You can find information about NHS continuing healthcare and how to ask for it, in the Age Cymru factsheet, 'NHS continuing healthcare and NHS-funded nursing care in Wales'. It is available on the Age Cymru website at: www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru.

The factsheet also has information about:

  • how to dispute a Local Health Board decision that you are not entitled to NHS Continuing Care
  • how to claim back care costs you, or a relative, paid in the past
  • who is entitled to free NHS-funded nursing care.

For more information ring the Age Cymru helpline: 08000 223 444.

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