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Beacon

Beacon is a social enterprise. It offers a range of free and paid for services including up to 90 minutes of NHS England-funded independent advice about the NHS CHC (Continuing Health Care) assessment and appeal process and a full range of low  cost advocacy services.

Address:
10 Napier Court, Barton Lane, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3YT
Telephone:
0345 548 0300
Sector:
Public

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Advocacy services offer support to vulnerable older people, people with physical/learning disabilities and/or sensory impairments. These services will support people to: ¦Speak out for themselves ¦Make sure their rights are respected ¦Express what they want ¦Represent their interests ¦Help them get the services they need Their underpinning principles are to promote social inclusion, equality and social justice
Most of the treatment available under the National Health Service (NHS) is free, but there are some things for which some older people may have to pay part, all or part of the cost of, such as dental care and glasses. If you are on Income Support, Pension Credit or have Certificate HC2 or HC3, which means you can apply for a low income entitlement, most of these services will be free or subsidised. If you are on Pension Credit you will automatically qualify for help with the cost of travelling to and from hospital for NHS treatment. You may also get help towards these costs if you have a certificate HC2 or HC3 on grounds of low income. For further information contact the Benefits Agency or Age Concern Croydon.
Continuing care is professional care given to meet the physical or mental health needs of adults with a disability, injury or illness over an extended period of time. NHS continuing healthcare means a package of care that is arranged and funded by the NHS and is free of charge to the person receiving the care. This is sometimes called fully funded NHS care.
There are various ways you can make payments, depending on what suits you. You can ask a representative to make payments on your behalf e.g. a relative or close friend. Non-residential care services are home support, attendance at day services and sitting services. You may have to pay for these services, but the amount will depend on your individual circumstances.
The type of care you require, where you live and the amount of capital you have will affect how much you pay for a care home. If your care assessment has determined that you need intermediate care you will not be charged for this service. This could be for any period of time, normally up to six weeks.