I have a number of questions I hope someone can help me with. I am trying to help my elderly neighbour whose wife (recently deceased) was charged for the care home she was in following a stroke; she was in the care home for 10 months.. Neighbour has not paid anything towards the care home yet but he has a bill from them for £22,457. His wife's state pension, pension credit and attendance allowance were paid into her bank account while she was in the care home and this amounted to £213 per week so there is a substantial sum sitting in her current account as neighbour hasn't touched it. Neighbours wife was obviously entitled to her state pension but should this have been paid to the care home? What should be done about pension credit and attendance allowance that was paid; I'm not sure if this should have been stopped when she went into the care home, if it should have been paid to the care home towards the fees, if it needs to be repaid back to DWP or if neighbour should keep it, obviously we want to do the right thing. (The DWP has now been informed of her death so all payments have now been stopped).
I have just started the process of obtaining a review of why she was not eligible for full funding by writing the 1st letter so will keep you updated when I receive a reply: I'll likely have lots of questions as it is very confusing and I'm sort of kicking myself for offering to help but that bit of me that hates injustice and endless red tape to keep the truth confined will keep me involved until the end.