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New care cap makes care in your own home more affordable

New thresholds for care funding are due to come into effect in April 2016, making home care more affordable for the 60% of older people who need care services.

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04 February 2015
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Who pays for home care?

Working out the costs involved in home care and in particular who will pay for care can be a difficult and worrying time for families.

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30 January 2015

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Paying for Care

Chris Miller looks into the financial and legal aspects associated with care and gives helpful information of what to do when you suspect someone you know needs it.

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15 January 2015

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Free personal care for dementia sufferers, regardless of age

In a move which could mark a significant change in Scottish health policy, Health Secretary Alex Neil has said he is determined to ensure equal treatment for dementia sufferers under the age of 65. Up until now, younger people affected by dementia have missed out on the free personal dementia care provided to those over 65.

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17 April 2014

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Funding Care Fees

You might think the choice of living at home is a basic right of any individual – this is true in the majority of cases – but when faced with the impacts of Dementia this choice, for many, can only be achieved with a financial contribution from your local authority.

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22 January 2014

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G8 pledge dementia cure or treatment by 2025

Health Ministers meeting for the G8 summit in London have announced their commitment to finding a treatment or cure for dementia as soon as 2025, with the UK announcing it aims to increase research funding to £132m by 2025.

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16 December 2013

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Reduced help with care costs hits those with moderate needs

The Care and Support Alliance (CSA), which represents 75 organisations and charities, has published a report about the new cap on elderly care costs, claiming that those with ‘moderate’ needs will not receive financial assistance from the state. This could include people needing help with everyday tasks such as washing and dressing.

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05 November 2013

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1 million families sell their homes to fund residential care

According to the insurance company NFU Mutual, which polled individual families asking them about their experiences of paying for the residential care of elderly family members, over 1 million families have to sell their homes in order to pay for care. These findings were announced less than 2 weeks after a separate study revealed that another 2 million people – a quarter of retired homeowners – are already expecting to sell their homes to pay for future care.

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25 September 2013

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Report: Self-funded elderly care needs better support

A new report by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) on social care has highlighted a need for councils to provide better support for self-funded elderly care.

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03 September 2013

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New ‘national minimum’ could lower standard of elderly care

The Department of Health has published a set of draft rules designed to introduce a ‘national minimum’ level at which people will qualify for care. The new structure will replace the current system with four specific bands, ranging from ‘low’ to ‘critical’, and is intended to avoid the postcode lottery associated with standards of care across the country.

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04 July 2013

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Dementia patients hit by austerity cuts

The dementia charity Alzheimer’s Society has called upon George Osborne to use his first spending review since 2010 to fund greater access to dementia care.

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27 June 2013

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Financing care at home

The prospect of paying for long term care can be worrying and confusing. However, you can be reassured by the fact that there are various financing options available: indeed, thousands of individuals in many different situations have

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05 September 2011