Help for families – advice about care
When someone goes into a care home it can be a very difficult time for the whole family. It’s often a crisis point and, aside from the emotional upheaval, you’re also faced with the question of care fees and who will pay them.
Lasting Power of Attorney
If you have an elderly parent or relative in care and you find yourself with the responsibility of acting on their behalf, it’s vital that you have a Power of Attorney. Without it you may find it difficult at times to have influence where you need to.
This is a crucial first step – especially if you are dealing with financial institutions, NHS departments and other organisations. Find out more about Powers of Attorney.
Your next challenge may well be understanding the care fees system. It can be a bit like being thrown in the deep end. You don’t know what you don’t know – and it can be hard to know where to go to find out.
It’s always reassuring to find someone on your side who’s been through the process before. At Care To Be Different we aim to light a clearer way forward for you. We provide helpful tips, information and guidance to help you manage some of the difficult issues that can arise when an elderly relative goes into care.
Going into a care home
If you’re going into a care home yourself, and are currently still living at home, it may feel as though other family members are ‘taking over’ and organising things for you. You may feel happy about this. On the other hand you may feel you want to resist every suggestion and/or retain control.
There’s no right or wrong way to feel. It’s good to be aware though that tensions within a family are natural at a time like this and the more everyone pulls together and talks things through, the easier it will be.
It can be challenging talking to people ‘in authority’, especially when you’re unsure if what they’re saying is correct and you’re not sure where the responsibility lies for different services.
GPs do not always know how the care system works or what the specific health needs assessment proceses are, including for NHS Continuing Healthcare. That’s why it’s vital to be as informed as possible.
If you have an elderly relative in hospital, you may not be aware of the procedures that the hospital should follow before your relative is discharged. Read more about hospitals and elderly people.