If the NHS is supporting your care at home funding, you should not need to get involved with the bills because we will deal directly with your local Primary Care or HSC Trust on your behalf.
Your local Primary Care or HSC Trust may offer a choice of funding method. They should provide you with full details so that you can decide which you prefer.
Local authority funding
If NHS funding is available in your local authority area, the main methods of funding are:
- Personal budget
- Direct payments
Local HSC Trust funding
If NHS funding is available in your local HSC Trust area, the main methods of funding are:
- Directly through HSC Trust
- Direct payments
However, not all local authorities and NHS regions provide funding for care at home.
If your local Primary Care Trust allocate to you a personal budget you probably won't pay anything directly yourself. However, because it is important that you manage your budget, we will discuss with you how your local system works and what it allows for. The situation will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that you remain in control of your budget and how it is used. You can choose to draw your personal budget as direct payments.
If you don't wish to manage your personal budget, you may choose a service provider such as Caremark to do this for you. We will then operate your personal budget (known as your Individual Service Fund), on your behalf, although you are still in control of how the money is spent.
If you opt to receive direct payments, they will be made directly to you by your local authority. You will then be responsible for making payments for your support by using that money. We will discuss with you a personal support plan that enables you to best manage your budget so that you can use it most effectively. It's a popular method because it gives you much greater control over how your support is planned and delivered.
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