Are your loved ones managing?

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What do you do when someone can’t manage at home any more?

At this time of year families tend to get together, and it might become apparent that a family member isn’t managing as well as we thought they were. In fact, they may have reached a point where they need care.

When a person first needs care, it can be like stepping onto a different planet. Here are a few of the things you need to do:

  • Get the right care assessments and state benefits
  • Find the right care, whether that’s in a care home or at home
  • Work out who’s going to pay for it and how to make the money last…

As the individual may be elderly, or have suffered a debilitating injury, the burden usually falls on someone else.

I help the ‘someone else’ to

  • Make sure their relative or friend gets the right care
  • Make the money last as long as possible
  • Ensuring the person can live where they want to for as long as they want to

Take suitably qualified advice

Despite fees averaging over £29,000 a year1 only 13% of people funding their own care get professional financial advice from a qualified adviser2. As a result 1 in every 4 runs out of money and has to fall back on the state for help3.

1 Laing & Buisson, Care of Elderly People 2015, residential care only
2 LGIU Independent Ageing Report, March 2011
3 LGIU Independent Ageing Report, 2013

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