As East Sussex based members of both the Equity Release Council and the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA), we have extensive long term care planning experience. We understand that this will be a difficult time for you with important decisions regarding finances and the type of care to provide for the person in need.
Clifford Osborne in Eastbourne has experienced independent financial advisers who specialise in long term care planning. We will guide you through the complex legislation and present you with a comprehensive report detailing all your options and the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
As well as Eastbourne, we meet with clients across the Hastings, Uckfield, Seaford, Crowborough, Newhaven, Lewes, Bexhill, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and Hove areas. As a result of recommendations from current clients we are providing long term care fees planning advice well beyond the East Sussex borders too. To arrange a free initial discussion at your home, workplace or our offices contact us today.
Long-term care means the provision of services to help an individual, often (but not always) a senior citizen, with a chronic illness or disability who cannot care for themselves, or needs assistance with daily practical matters such as eating, washing and dressing. This kind of care can be given at the person’s own home or in a nursing or residential home.
Funding for long-term care is not straightforward, and there are several different ways it can be paid for. Depending on the type of illness and your financial situation, long-term care may be completely or partly-funded by the NHS or your local authority.
To make sure you qualify, your financial means will be assessed, with your income, savings, pension and value of your property all taken into account. Should you not qualify for funding, you would currently be expected to fund long-term care entirely by yourself, so it’s a good idea to think about how you would manage this.
Long-term care can be paid for out of your income, or assets, for example by releasing equity from your home. Alternatively, you may wish to protect your assets and any inheritance you would like to leave your family, by taking out long-term care insurance.
We will cover the following topics when we meet with a client or personal representative to discuss long term care planning:
- The different types of care available
- The legal power to act for the person needing care
- The options available for funding care fees
- Questions relating to the use of property and equity release schemes
- Government legislation
- The role and responsibility of the local authority
- State benefits that are available and how to claim for these benefits if applicable
- Estate planning including Wills and existing trust arrangements