Care Fees Planning

If you are currently faced with the prospect of finding care for yourself, a relative or a friend, you are probably feeling very emotionally-drained right now.

The process of finding care and the legal aspects, not to mention helping your loved one come to terms with the changes to their lifestyle, can be very hard.

Add to this the emotional, and often confusing, financial situation and it's not suprising to learn that many people become very tired, stressed and worried at times like this.

At Whittington Goddard Associates we have a Society Of Later Life adviser, Angela Guylee, who has gained the Master Practitioner status with Symponia. Angela has produced an informative and veryuseful handbook. Please call 0114 2351623 or e-mail for your free copy.

Symponia were formed to bring together a national, unified and professional body to ensure that every family facing the dilemma of funding private care fees would have access to a suitably qualified adviser.

All members of Symponia are selected for thier compassion, knowledge and empathy.

What types of care are there?

Sometimes the only known option might not be the best solution for you. A move into a care home is a big step, but will sometimes be the best choice for everyone concerned. For others, staying at home and buying in care will present a more bespoke answer.

  • Staying at home - care provided at home could be as simple as someone coming in to cook or clean, to help a person in and out of bed, help take medication or help with washing and dressing. This may be provided as and when required, or on a more formal schedule.

  • Sheltered Accomodation - if staying at home is an option but the house is a little too big, too isolated, or not close enough to family and friends then sheltered accomodation might appeal. It still presents the ability to live independently with live-in care if required. Most developments consist of self-contained apartments with a laundry, a communal sitting room, communal gardens, security & safety systems, a house manager/warden and 24 hour assistance alarm.
  • Close Care - if staying at home isn't possible and, for whatever reason, moving into a care home just isn't right for you then this can provide an alternative. Like sheltered accomodation, close-care homes are self-contained, have their own front door but offer the added reassurance of being within the grounds of an existing care home in case of an emergency.
  • Care Home - if this is the best solution then there are things to do to ensure the care home matches your needs and expectations. Arrange visits to several homes so that you have the ability to compare facilities and costs.