GUEST BLOG : The elderly care system – can it work for you?
As an experienced Later Life Care Adviser, I understand just how daunting it can be when looking for the right care for yourself or a loved one, especially at the point of need. Just listening to, or reading news articles on care for the elderly can be confusing, worrying and time consuming.
So, what can you do to help yourself? Here are just a few pointers:
- Talk to a care adviser to save time and effort looking for the right care and support for you.
- If in hospital, make sure that there is a hospital social worker assigned to your case.
- Don’t be bullied into being discharged from hospital until there is an adequate care plan in place to keep you safe whether that be at home or within a care home placement.
- If at home, get in touch with your local Adult Social Care team and ask for a care needs assessment should you feel your care needs are increasing.
- Ensure that you have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place for both Property and Finance, and Health and Welfare. This is an extremely important step.
- Make sure that you have an up to date Will and revisit this every 18 month – two years. More regularly if there has been a change in your personal circumstances.
- Talk to a SOLLA accredited financial adviser regarding how to prevent your money running out should there be a need for you to go into a care home.
Having worked within the care sector for several years, focusing on elderly care, I can assist you with some, or all the above steps. I am experienced in helping to source an appropriate local domiciliary care agency, or care home to meet your needs.
Why not pick up the telephone, in confidence, and have an informal chat to see whether the services of Senior Care Support Services may be right for you now, or in the future.
Please do look out for my next care advice article on ‘Trips and Falls’ in next month’s newsletter.
Geraldine Davies, Senior Care Support Services Ltd.