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The basics – what you need to know
If you’re considering live-in care with Elder, you want to know how it works, how much it costs and who the carers we work with are. Browse our articles below, or get a summary by reading our brochure.
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Paying for care is easier than you think
Many people are put off live-in care because they don’t feel it’s affordable. But, while all care is expensive, live-in care is more affordable than they think, often on-par with many care homes. Here’s everything you need to know to get every penny of available funding you’re entitled to.
The cost of care 2021 – everything you need to know
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Maximise your income with state benefits
Attendance Allowance is for those over State Pension age needing help with personal care because of physical or mental disability. You could receive £59.70-£89.15 per week.
Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for informal carers, to help them manage in their role as a carer. You could receive up to £67.25 per week, depending on other benefits.
Pension Credit is an income-related benefit for people over state pension age, to top-up their weekly income. There are two forms of it – with Guarantee and Savings credit.
Council Tax Reduction
Council Tax Reduction is a benefit to help those on lower incomes, including those over retirement age or those with a disability, to pay their council tax bills.
Winter Fuel Payments
The Winter Fuel Payment is an annual benefit to help those over retirement age, to pay their household heating costs during the colder months.
Cold Weather Payments
The Cold Weather Payment is a benefit to help those on lower incomes to pay their household heating costs, when the temperature drops over winter.
Check whether the NHS will pay for your care
Continuing Healthcare overview
Continuing Healthcare is a funding stream that covers all your care costs. It’s paid by your local NHS and is available for those who need support with long-term health needs.
This is the first stage in the assessment process to check eligibility for a full assessment, carried out by a doctor, nurse or social worker. Around 62% people pass it.
The full assessment
This is the main assessment for Continuing Healthcare. A multidisciplinary team of health and social care workers will look through 12 care ‘domains’ to assess your eligibility.
The Decision Support Tool
The Decision Support Tool helps assessors come to consistent decisions about who is eligible for funding. They complete it immediately after, or sometimes during, your assessment.
After the assessment
If you’re eligible, a team will work with you to plan your care and support. You’ll have a big say over what it is you receive. For example, you can take control of your funding with a personal health budget.
Apply for funding from your local authority
Understand the Care Act
The Care Act 2014 is the law that local authorities have to follow. It spells out the eligibility criteria for eligibility, as well as the assessment process all local authorities have to follow.
Care needs assessment
The care needs assessment will tell you exactly what care needs you have and what support is available to you. If you’re entitled to funding from the council, the care needs assessment determines the size of your budget.
Financial assessment (means test)
The financial assessment is to decide who is responsible for paying for your care – you or the council. The council begins to help pay for your care needs when you have less than £23,250.
Your personal budget is the amount of money you need to pay for the cost of your care needs. The sum of your budget is based on the results of both your care needs and financial assessments.
Direct payments are a way for you to take control of your personal budget and choose for yourself how you want to spend it. Anyone with a personal budget is entitled to apply for direct payments.
Home adaptation funding is there for you to upgrade your home to make it suitable for care. You can get up to £1,500 from your local authority, regardless of your financial situation.
If you’re new to live-in care, you might be relying on understanding on how it’s worked for families in the past. Your dementia may have progressed, you need more support than hourly visits throughout the day, or you could have recently been discharged from hospital. There are endless reasons why you might need extra support, but there’s
Jan’s story – care for an elderly couple
Jan’s story – care for an elderly couple Jan has been with Elder since 2017, care is for her mum (Jean) and dad (Fred). Jean and Frederick are in their…
Ian’s story – live-in care advised by local council
Ian’s Story – live-in care advised by local council It started with Dad’s health deteriorating, followed by a hospital visit. At that point, we already had morning and evening visits…
Wendy’s story – moving from hourly care
Wendy’s story – moving from hourly care Mum has been disabled for a few years now. She used to have hourly care visits, but last summer she sadly fell and…
Jim’s story – care after hospital discharge
Jim’s story – care after hospital discharge Helen and her dad, Jim (92), have been with Elder since May 2020. Tabayi or ‘Tabby’ is their primary carer. Helen’s sister Ruth…
Sue’s story – care for a WW2 veteran
Sue’s story – care for a WW2 veteran My mother is an amazing woman. She is very quick-witted and has lived a full life, even having a stint as a…
Jill’s story – personalised dementia care
Jill’s story – personalised dementia care Jill has been with Elder since Jan 2020, care is for her mum (Peggy) who is 97 with dementia. Jennifer is their primary carer. …
Live-in care – full-time, dedicated care at home
Why choose live-in care? Live-in care allows people to stay in their own home, retaining a level of independence while still receiving the care and…
Dementia Care – specialist support for those who need it
Dementia Care Live-in care empowers those with dementia to lead as fulfilling a life as ever. Dementia is a collection of symptoms which affects mental…
24-hour care at home – two carers supporting day and night
24-hour care at home How does 24-hour care work? If your loved one has acute care needs, they may require support from a professional throughout…
Complex care for the elderly
Complex care for the elderly Complex care demands a high degree of training and expertise and covers a broad range of treatments. These can be…