Being in hospital, a care home or a similar place
By care home, we mean a home such as a residential care home, nursing
home, hospice or similar place.
We need to know if:
l you are in a hospital, a care home or similar place when you make your
l the local authority or NHS pay anything towards the cost of your stay.
If you are awarded Attendance Allowance when you are in hospital, a care
home or a similar place, we cannot pay you until you come out. But if you
are a private patient or resident, paying for your stay without help from
public funds, we will be able to pay you.
We may still be able to pay you if you are claiming under the special rules
and you are in a hospice.
How we pay you
If we pay you too much money
We have the right to take back any money we pay that you should not
have got. This may be because of the way the system works for
payments into an account.
For example, you may give us some information, which means you
should get less money. Sometimes we may not be able to change the
amount we have already paid you. This means we will have paid you
money that you should not have got. We will contact you before we
take back any money.
How the Department for Work and Pensions
collects and uses information
When we collect information about you we may use it for any of our purposes.
l social security beneﬁts and allowances
l child maintenance
l employment and training
l investigating and prosecuting tax credits
l private pensions policy and
l retirement planning
We may get information about you from other parties for any of our purposes
as the law allows to check the information you provide and improve our
services. We may give information about you to other organisations as the
law allows, for example to protect against crime.
To find out more about our purposes, how we use personal information for
those purposes and your information rights, including how to request a copy
of your information, please see www.gov.uk)