There are many advantages associated with moving into a care residence. However, before you review the perks associated with living in such a home, you need to see how your benefits will be affected too.
When living in a care home, the benefits that are not affected by this kind of move normally count as income when calculating a contribution. Plus, some care home residents are entitled to benefits that they have not yet claimed. These benefits may include a disability living allowance (DLA) and attendance allowance, both of which are applicable for the first month of your stay.
Benefits You Can Receive
Regardless of whether you enter a care residence on a temporary or permanent basis, you can continue to receive the following kinds of benefits:
- State pensions
- Incapacity benefits
- Disability living allowances (the mobility portion)
- Bereavement allowances
- Widowed parent’s allowances or widowed mother’s allowances
- Severe disablement allowances
- Child tax credits
- Widow’s pensions
The above-mentioned DLA and attendance allowance are paid to individuals who require help, supervision, or assistance with personal care. These two benefits are only paid for 28 days. If you currently do not receive these benefits, you can apply for them during the first month of your care home stay. If you are making payments through a deferred payment agreement or self-funding, then you can continue to receive both DLA and the attendance allowance benefits.
Benefits You Forfeit
Once you enter a care home in Buckinghamshire on a permanent basis, you cannot receive a housing benefit. If your stay in a care residence is temporary, you can continue to receive the housing benefit for 13 weeks of the initial care period as well as for the notice period of one month.
You pension credit can also be affected when you enter a care home. By contacting the Pension Service, you can work out the proper rate of pay. If you are married or one of a couple, then the Pension Service will treat you as if you are single with respect to payment.
The Advantages Associated with Living in a Care Home
Knowing what benefits are affected, however, should not keep you from living in this kind of residence. You will find that you will enjoy a number of advantages. Residents feel safe in such residences, as there are always staff available to attend to their concerns or needs.
In fact, the staff is around 24/7. Therefore, you can always reach someone in the middle of the night if needed. Residents also have their own rooms which they can personalise and make cosy. To ensure your nutritional needs are met, the homes offer regular healthy meals as well.
Residents also have chances to socialise with other people who share their same likes or dislikes or age-related concerns. This type of living arrangement gives families more peace of mind as they do not have to worry about their loved one living alone.
If you take medication, you can also ensure its management when you move into a care facility. In addition, household upkeep is maintained by the staff and the living conditions are warm, secure, and clean.