Care of the elderly can take on many forms. It can be provided in a secure environment such as a residential care home or nursing home or in many cases a person may choose to have their care provided in the comfort of their own home. Specialist care providers exist that can tailor a care plan to meet the for individuals needs and adapt that care plan as care needs change.
Providers of home care are registered with the Care Quality Commission www.cqc.org.uk in England and Wales. The Care Quality Commission regulates the companies providing care services. They have specific criteria to meet on registration and will receive regular checks to ensure that they are maintaining standards. You are able to review the care providers report on the Care Quality Commission website.
In addition to this regulation, the national professional association for organizations who provide care for people in their own homes is UKHCA (United Kingdom Homecare Association) www.ukhca.co.uk. They have a vision where a choice of high quality, sustainable community-based care is available to all.
There are many reasons why someone may require help in their own home:
When care is provided in the individuals own home there may be issues surrounding funding as the home may be their main asset. Funds can be released from the property in the form of an Equity Release scheme. It is advisable therefore to seek specialist financial advice to discuss their care funding options and help with the funding of long term care issues.
As equity release is a specialist subject and care with advice must always be sought, then you should approach a reputable equity release UK company such as Equity Release Supermarket who not only advise on equity release schemes but also have an in-house SOLLA accredited adviser. A SOLLA accredited adviser has been checked & authorized by the recognized trade body to be competent enough to provide advice on long term care planning.
They can be contacted to discuss how both equity release and long term care can work in conjunction with one another.
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