Older people and their carers often don’t know how to claim what is rightfully theirs. In some cases, families may make decisions about elderly care without knowing what financial help is available.
Understanding what is involved
The funding of care has traditionally been confusing. However, the Care Act 2014 sets out how people’s care and support needs should be met and introduces the right to an assessment for anyone, including carers and self-funders, in need of support. The legislation is being implemented in two stages:
The first set of changes came into force in April 2015. The main changes covered assessment and eligibility, family carers, and deferred payment agreements. Local councils now have to do what the Care Act says including adhering to a national minimum eligibility threshold. Carers’ rights have been extended so that more family carers (for example, a friend of your relative or another family relation) can receive government assessment and support.
There are some changes that have not yet been implemented, including a cap on care fees. These changes were scheduled for April 2016 but have since been delayed by the Government until April 2020.
Clear advice and practical support
We are able to offer advice to individuals, their families and carers about welfare benefits and allowances.
We provide practical support to people about welfare benefit matters, especially those relating to the elderly.
We will explain the process involved and can help you with understanding the paperwork for claiming welfare benefits. We are also able to provide help and support with appealing any decisions made.
It can be daunting if you don’t know what welfare benefits you may be entitled to, and sometimes the paperwork can appear overwhelming.
We offer advice on benefits that you could be entitled to. Depending on your circumstances, this may include: