Section 117 aftercare: being sectioned under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act means your care is paid for
If your relative is sectioned because they have dementia or another mental illness, care they need afterwards may be free.
If you have had experience of being sectioned, either yourself or someone you know, you’ll know that it – and the circumstances leading up to it can be quite distressing. I know because it’s happened to a relative of mine who had dementia. One thing you might not be aware of is that if they need care after they’ve been sectioned, and if they have been sectioned under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act, they won’t have to pay for it. It’s called Section 117 Aftercare.
If you have an elderly or frail relative who needs care, they may be able to be cared for in their own home
When most of us think about someone who needs round the clock care, we probably imagine a care home. But an increasing number of elderly people are having care in their own home. Care at home isn’t necessarily cheaper than putting someone into a care home, but it may be a better option for some people. Not everyone settles down in a care home.
Understanding state benefits such as attendance allowance that elderly people who are ill or disabled can claim.
If you or your parent becomes ill or disabled, what state benefits are available?
If your parent develops a serious illness, such as dementia or cancer, the financial consequences will probably be the last thing on your mind. But the fact is that many thousands of older people who become frail, disabled or ill, miss out on the state benefits they’re entitled to. The charity Age UK estimates that around £3 billion worth of benefits are unclaimed by older people; some because they don’t like the idea of claiming ‘handouts’ but many others simply aren’t aware of what they’re missing.