This article is the first of a series of articles looking at what you need to think about if you or someone close to you is likely to need residential or nursing care in the relatively near future.
It is prompted by the coming into force from the 1st October 2018 of the revised National Framework, which sets out the principles and processes of NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing care and the updates to the practice guidance and the user notes for the assessment process.
The law around paying for care is highly complex and changes quite regularly and yet we find that people tend not to seek legal advice but try to muddle through the process themselves. Unfortunately, this can result in the loss of property, the overcharging of care fees, placement in an inappropriate home and a lot of unnecessary stress and expense for older people and their families at a time when things are already difficult.
If you are coming across terms such as
and so on, then our Private Client Team, headed by Chris Milne, a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a holder of their Older Client Care in Practice award, will be able to help you.
This series of articles will cover topics including: what makes a good care home, checking your care home contract and care fees funding, but you can always contact us on 01630 652405 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more immediate help.