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The Social Security (Amendment) (Residential Care and Nursing Homes) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

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1.  In regulation 1 (interpretation)—

(a)in paragraph (2), the definition of “preserved rights” shall be omitted;

(b)after paragraph (2E)(1), there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(2F) For the purposes of these Regulations, where a person’s principal place of residence is a residential care home or a nursing home and he is temporarily absent from that home, he shall be regarded as continuing to reside in that home—

(a)where he is absent because he is a patient, for the first 6 weeks of any such period of absence and for this purpose—

(i)“patient” has the meaning it has in Schedule 4 by virtue of regulation 85, and

(ii)periods of absence separated by not more than 28 days shall be treated as a single period of absence equal in duration to all those periods, and

(b)for the first 3 weeks of any other period of absence..

(1)

Paragraph (2E) was inserted by regulation 4(2)(b) of S.R. 2000 No. 241

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