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The right way forward

We must protect the elderly and not let them get dragged into policies and procedures that are needless and costly, says Bryony Cove

1 November 2013

The Care and Support Bill making its way through parliament has highlighted once again the crisis in paying for elderly care. Arguably, it has run a coach and horses through the kind of advice older people need from both professionals and the social care system. Importantly, 'elderly' no longer means those over 65; for this article, it means clients over 80.

The prevailing media view - bar some robust opinion from Joan Bakewell seems to favour the elderly population having to sell their houses, leaving no money or home to pay for their long-term care and with no hope of an inheritance for their children. But is this true or just scaremongering?

Regardless, the professional adviser's reality is that clients continue to become increasingly...

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