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Care home costs

Philip Spiers gives practitioners 10 essential points to consider when advising clients on
long term care

28 March 2003

As our population of older home owners increases so does the number who will be forced to sell their homes to meet the cost of long term care. More and more family practitioners will be asked to advise on long term care. The need for nursing home or residential care often arises when least expected, perhaps after a period of hospitalisation, a stroke, or as a result of gradual deterioration in the ability to be self sufficient. Most families have little understanding of our long-term care system and need advice if they are to obtain and maintain the best care for their relatives. Here are some simple points that may be useful to clients in this situation. 1) National Assistance Act 1948 (choice of accommodation) Directions 1992 If the local authority is funding your client’s care they have the right to choose their care home, provided the home has a place available, can provide the care they need, complies with the authority’s set terms and conditions and does ...

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