Asking for Personal Health Budgets
As of April 2014, people receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare will have the right to ask for the option of a personal health budget. From October 2014, they will be entitled to receive one.
Personal health budgets are an allocation of money provided by the NHS to support identified healthcare needs. These allocations can be given directly to the person who is looking to receive care and can be used to set up a package with a care provider of their choice.
The new personal health budgets will provide the person receiving care with greater autonomy, flexibility and involvement in their plan of care.
People who qualify for a personal health budget can either use the money directly to organise care or work with NHS teams to identify suitable options. Many people who need care choose Helping Hands because of our reputation for high quality care at home.
Approaching Helping Hands for a package of care, you can expect us to work cooperatively with you and your NHS teams to establish budgets and an outcome-based package of care. Regularly working in partnership with healthcare professionals to organise NHS-funded packages, Helping Hands welcomes the personal health budgets, which will see customers exercising more control over their care.
Here, at Helping Hands, we are passionate about the provision of person-centred care that exactly meets individual needs. When organising a package of care, our Senior Registered Nurse Specialist or Local Care Managers with specific expertise, conduct person-centred assessments directly with our customers to establish what it is that they want from our services – now and in the future.
We directly employ and manage experienced Carers, who we match to customers based on expertise and personality. Our Carers, who are closely managed and monitored, are an essential part of our commitment to continuity of high quality care.
What’s next once you have a personal health budget?
We are passionate about helping our customers to live independently in the comfort of their own homes.
To find out more about how we can work with you and your local NHS team to make this possible, please contact a member of the customer advice team on: 0808 180 1086.