A typical person that would come to me for care would be the son or daughter, maybe with a power of attorney for their mum or dad, or maybe a niece or nephew, someone with responsibility to look after the care and put some arrangements in place.
Or maybe it’s the solicitor, acting as attorney or with a deputyship to manage for their client.
I guess the biggest concern is the cost of care. Everybody is very aware that care is really expensive.
Sometimes people have the feeling that the Local Authority will pick up the tab if you run out of money. But that’s not always the case.
It really depends on the circumstances.
When people think about care, it often happens at a time of crisis, in the majority of cases.
This can be unfortunate because, if they haven’t considered anything at outset or carried out any planning, it means they might be making decisions that are unsustainable.
For example, putting the relative into a lovely care home, which they fall in love with, and then discovering a few months down the line that the money is running out.
In many cases, the Local Authority aren’t going to pick up the tab and the family can’t afford to pay the shortfall, which means the person has to move.