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The Alzheimer’s Show

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Come and visit us at the Alzheimer’s Show taking place at Olympia London on the 16th and 17th May.  The event will give you direct access to the best information, products and services as well as practical help and solutions for families caring for a person with dementia.

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New Dementia Support Service

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Dementia Pathfinders Community Interest Company is a social enterprise providing health and well-being services for people with dementia and their families and delivering education and learning programmes for people working in the dementia care field.

They value perspectives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers and supporters. They endeavour to work with integrity to ensure that the services they deliver truly reflect the needs and wishes of people with dementia, their carers and supporters and people affected by dementia in communities and organisations.

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Thinking about downsizing?

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A new website has been launched, providing advice and practical support to assist people wishing to downsize.

According to www.downsizingdirect.com, older homeowners could get their hands on £100,000 in capital and save up to £2,000 a year in running costs if they were able to move to a smaller property.  Enabling them to move would also help to tackle the housing crisis, with “last-time buyers” potentially selling at least a million family-sized homes.

Eldercare Property Partners is pleased to be a key partner of this…

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Speak to the experts

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Bupa has launched a new, free service providing advice on aged care to the people that need it.  Call 0333 920 8189 to speak to an expert or to obtain more information about their care homes.

Bupa Helpline

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Elderly face much higher care cap

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A recent article published by BBC News reports that elderly people face paying £150,000 for residential care before they reach the proposed £72,000 care cap.

As we have previously posted in these news items, this is because accommodation costs do not count towards the cap.  Also, it is not the amount that you are actually paying in care fees that is counted but, instead, the amount your Local Authority would pay.

To read the full article click here

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Cost of care underestimated

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According to a report issued by The Strategic Society Centre think-tank, people in Britain are ‘oblivious’ to the cost of adult care and the likelihood of their own need for care in the future.

Nearly half of all respondents to a survey said they did not know the average weekly cost of a place in a residential care home.  Of those that did answer, the mean figure suggested was £396.58 – around £140 below the average fee of £531.

 

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Think you understand the care cap?

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Then you are in the minority.

Research recently commissioned by the Financial Times suggests that the care cap of £72,000 – intended to bring clarity and certainty to long-term care from April 2016 – is poorly understood, with thousands of people dangerously overestimating the new state safety net.

The FT commissioned a poll of people likely to need care in the next few years.  The results showed a high level of confusion over what costs will be covered, leaving many at risk of a financial shock.

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A solution to the long-term?

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Chris Horlick, managing director of care at Partnership, provides his insights into the detail of the recently published Care Bill and what this means for people moving into care from 2016 and beyond.

To read the article in full click here

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Betrayal of the elderly

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An article published today by Daniel Martin, the Daily Mail’s Whitehall correspondent, highlighted further shortcomings of recent social care reform.  He points out that, regardless of your financial position, entitlement to state help will only apply if your care needs are deemed ‘substantial’.

This is likely to leave many people without the state assistance that they thought they would receive.

To read the article in full, click here

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Every little helps

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From April 2013 the amount of Attendance Allowance increased to £53 per week for the lower rate and £79.15 per week for the higher rate.

This is a non-means tested benefit payable to the person needing care.  It continues even if you move into a Care Home, provided you are paying for the care yourself.

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