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Planning For Care

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Rogers & Norton were delighted to be asked by Elder Care Solutions, who specialise in offering ways to fund care for the elderly, to take part in a seminar at The Brooklands Care Home in Drayton.  The presentations were based around offering information, guidance & support on how to plan for care in later life and included details on long term care options, how you can plan the funding and finance and what the legal implications might be.

As we are accredited by the independent, national organisation ‘Solicitors for the Elderly’, Rogers and Norton are able to offer the specialist legal advice needed for older and vulnerable people, together with their families and carers.  Laura Rumsey, a solicitor in our Private Client department, was able to talk about how the law on mental capacity can greatly affect the ability of a family to support, help and care for their loved ones should they become unwell and are unable to look after themselves.

As it can be such a difficult and upsetting decision, many families don’t discuss the issue and fail to plan for the future.  This can cause more stress and anxiety for a family than would be the case if they had sat down and planned together for the eventuality earlier – it can also cost substantially more.  

Laura discussed and highlighted the importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place and how it can help ease the difficult decisions required with both property and financial matters together with the health and care support needed.  It is a simple, painless process that can save time, money and angst should care have to be organised at short notice and the recipient has lost the ability to make their own decisions.

With life expectancy increasing – the number of people over the age of 85 is expected to double in the next 23 years and the number of people over 100 has increased by 70% in the last decade, more assistance is required from family and friends with both financial and health matters.

Laura commented “ Here at Rogers & Norton we have simple and easy to understand systems that will offer help guidance and support through the process of obtaining a Lasting Power of Attorney – we also operate as court appointed deputies for clients should they have lost mental capacity with out having planned for such an eventuality”.