Daily top tip: How to avoid selling your home to pay for care

Daily top tip: How to avoid selling your home to pay for care

Many people assume that they’ll have to sell their house to pay for long-term care.  However, that’s not necessarily the case.

There’s a lot of misinformation circulating about this issue, and it causes a great deal of confusion and distress for families.

Here are five options to consider:

  1. If you have predominantly health needs, the NHS should pay for your care through NHS Continuing Healthcare.
  2. You can negiotiate a Deferred Payment Agreement with the local authority, instead of selling your house
  3. You can take independent financial advice to protect your assets.
  4. If a spouse or dependent relative lives in your house, it may be protected.
  5. The value of your house should be disregarded during the first 12 weeks of care (12-Week Property Disregard).

Be sure to explore what’s right and what’s not before you start to use assets or savings to pay for care.

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