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Planning & Paying For Care

Martin Searle Solicitors Community Care Law Planning & Paying For Care

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‘Chris’, Planning and Paying for Care Client 

Paying for care for elderly or vulnerable people

When it comes to protecting you and your family’s welfare, it is important to plan ahead for how you will cope should you or your spouse end up paying for nursing care or a residential home.

If you have assets above £23,250 you will be paying care home fees in full unless your health needs entitle you to NHS continuing healthcare funding. As well as the asset test, other rules will affect your ability to secure funding. Some are extremely complex and mistakes are common when assessing how much an individual should be paying for care.

Solicitors specialising in community care law can help ensure social services correctly apply financial assessment rules so you do not pay too much. Solicitors with experience in elderly care law can also help you take steps to guarantee your partner has enough to live on after paying for care home fees. Legal advice can also sometimes prevent you having to sell your family home to fund your care.

It may be useful to refer to our list of Abbreviations Used in Community Care Law and Abbreviations Used in SEN and Disability Law.

How we can help with care funding

Care funding expert Cate Searle and her team of community care law solicitors can help ensure you do not overpay for care or unnecessarily compromise your family’s security. We will also advise on deprivation of assets rules and how social services will treat your assets including

  • Income and capital assessments
  • Investments
  • The family home
  • Jointly held assets

We can also advise on alternative funding options including deferred payment agreements (interest-free social services’ loans) to fund care for the elderly or vulnerable individual. Cate can also help you understand your obligations on top up fees and out of area placements.

Help with care funding at home

If you or a family member want to stay at home, we can help you access appropriate care funding including disabled facilities grants for adapting your home. To give a carer a break, or if your care needs changing, we can also advise on securing respite care and the charging rules for temporary care placements. If you or your family member has complex health needs, you may be able to have your care at home funded by an award of NHS continuing healthcare.

Contact us today on 01273 609911, or email info@ms-solicitors.co.uk.

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