Money and legal matters
Understand what benefits and discounts you can claim. Get financial advice including how to pay for care. Make arrangements for your financial affairs.
Funding the cost of care
There are lots of options that are free or low cost, such as:
Social care services, unlike health care, is not free for everyone. Most people will have to contribute something towards the cost of their care with some people having to pay the full cost.
If you think you need support with the cost of your care, then have a conversation with us about a financial assessment of your needs.
Look for independent financial advice to work out how to pay for care and support
It is always good to know what all your options are when you’re thinking about how to pay for care and support.
Later life financial advisers specialise in the needs of older people. They can offer good advice about paying for care.
Appoint people to help you make decisions: lasting power of attorney
You can appoint one or more people, known as attorneys, to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf.
This gives you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or an illness and can’t make your own decisions (you ‘lack mental capacity’).
Deputies: make decisions for someone who lacks capacity
You can apply to become someone’s deputy if they ‘lack mental capacity’. This means they can’t make a decision for themselves at the time it needs to be made.