We understand that this can be a difficult time, both emotionally and practically, so we are always on hand to help you make the right decisions about funding the care for your loved one. There are many options to consider and we can often point you in the right direction. You may find the information below useful:
CareAware is a non profit making public information and advisory service specialising in elderly care funding advice in the UK. CareAware will provide guidance on a wide range of funding related issues and when bespoke advice is required will direct people to carefully selected independent and professional specialists. Further information is available from the CareAware Helpline on 0300 303 3858 or at www.careawareias.co.uk
The Worcestershire Association of Carers is a registered charity that was founded in 1997. They act as an independent source of information, advice and support for the 63,000 unpaid adult carers in Worcestershire. As well as running the Chace Care Group, Anthony is also a trustee of the ‘Worcestershire Association of Carers’
‘I feel very strongly that carers looking after their loved ones can get overlooked. Often the focus is only on the person being cared for so over the last 30 months I have campaigned for carers to be heard and given the support they need as well as supporting their loved ones. When I was asked to be a trustee I had no hesitation in saying yes and I am really proud of the massive effort WAC does for carers.’ –Anthony Reeley. For further information visit www.carersworcs.org.uk
Guidance for end of ‘private fee paying’ for a Service User.
There are often times when ‘Private fee payers’ personal savings diminish to a level where financial support is needed from Local Authority. We at the Chace support working with the Local Authority but we advised the following guidance to ensure a positive transition of funding
- It is advisable once personal savings drop below £50,000 to regularly check the level of banding of financial support by Local Authority (the manager at the home can supply contact details)
- If savings are diminishing is its advised to contact Social Services in advance to what funding is available towards the cost of care.
- At this point the Care fees may need to be negotiated to reduce them to a reasonable level that the Home and Social Services can agree on.
- Often Social Services do not pay a level of fee, which is acceptable to the home so a top up may be required.
- It is important to understand that the current fee level continues until a negotiated contract by Social services is in place along with payments due.
- The resident remains responsible for the fees until the Local Authority contact is in place
- It is advisable that the accounts depart of the Chace is kept notified of progress at all times.