Benefit checklist to help with West Sussex resident’s care costs

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A CHECKLIST of benefits and payments which people can use to meet the cost of their care in a care home is available in the latest online version of the West Sussex Care Guide.

As well as the checklist, the 2011/12 guide lists domiciliary care services and care homes in the county registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It also includes information on day care and community care services, extra care housing schemes and support for carers.

The guide is jointly produced by the county council and the West Sussex Forum, which is the largest representative body of independent care providers in the county.

The guide, together with the checklist, is available on the county council website at www.westsussex.gov.uk in PDF formats. It is also accessible via the Caringinfo website www.caringinfo.com which has links to providers’ most recent CQC inspection reports. The Caringinfo website also shows the current vacancies in care and nursing homes.

Cllr Graham Tyler, deputy cabinet member for adults’ services, said that for most people funding the cost of their care home fees represented the second largest purchase of their lifetime.

“Yet it is believed a significant number of people are not receiving the benefits and other payments to which they are entitled.”