We are contracted to, and work very closely with, the NHS who are responsible for undertaking the nursing care assessments and for assessing if those who require nursing care qualifies for NHS Continuing Health Care.

There are three potential outcomes from a nursing care assessment

  1. The needs are predominantly social care and any nursing care needs can be met by the District Nurse services who will visit the care home as necessary
  2. The needs are predominantly nursing and require nursing home care with qualified nursing staff on duty at all times to meet the nursing needs. The NHS makes a weekly (FNC) contribution towards health needs
  3. There is a Continuing Health Care (CHC) need as the need for care is primarily due to a need for health care (see below)

(CHC) – NHS Continuing Health Care  is a package of health and social care that is fully funded by the NHS if the NHS assessment establishes that your care needs are ‘primarily health needs’ that would normally require care within a NHS hospital. Certain characteristics of your needs, in combination or alone, may demonstrate a ‘primary health need’ because of the quantity and/or quality of care needed.

(FNC) – NHS Funded Nursing Care  is the weekly financial contribution paid by the NHS towards the cost of meeting your nursing care needs if you live in a nursing home.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission is the health and social care regulator for England.

For further information see their web site via this link:

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

We work closely with the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Adult Social Care who will undertake the initial needs assessment and a financial assessment to establish if those who require residential or nursing care also qualify for financial support for their care fees.

For further information use this link to their web site:

The Gold Standards Framework

Following 2 years of training and assessment for our team, we were proud to receive a Gold Standard Accreditation Quality Hallmark Award as recoginition for our high standards of care.

The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) delivers training and support to enable a ‘gold standard’ of care. The GSF is the most comprehensive programme ever introduced to enhance end of life care in hospitals and care homes and it aims are to improve the quality, coordination and organisation of care. It is endorsed by all the major care home organisations and supported by Age UK.

For further information see their web site via this link:

National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People

NAPA is a registered charity and a limited company with a small permanent staff.

It is administered by a Board of Trustees who are all volunteers with a keen and active interest in promoting high quality activity provision for older people.

For further information see their web site via this link:

The Cinnamon Trust

The only specialist national charity for people in their last years and their much loved, much needed companion animals. A network of 15,000 volunteers “hold hands” with owners to provide vital loving care for their pets. Cinnamon keeps them together – for example, they will walk a dog every day for a housebound owner, foster pets when owners need hospital care, fetch the cat food or even clean out the bird cage, etc.

For further information see their web site via this link:

Vegetarian for Life

Vegetarian for Life was launched in May 2008 – funded by the Vegetarian Housing Association (VHA).

Established in the 1960s, the VHA provides sheltered housing and meals to older vegetarians. This activity became unviable due to changes in society so in 2007 the VHA decided to wind down its housing activities and redirect its resources to funding the formation of Vegetarians for Life, a charity whose aims are in sympathy with those of VHA.

For further information see their web site via this link:

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