Independent financial advice on paying for long-term care

Carewise

Easing the worry of paying for care

Easing the worry of paying for care


About

About

About

Choosing long-term care could be one of the most expensive decisions you make. Good financial planning is vital because currently West Sussex residents can expect to pay around £45,000 or more per year for care in a residential home, yet many people do not take financial advice to help them make informed choices.

A number of people move to a care home because they and their family do not realise that continuing to live independently in their own home with suitable care and support is a realistic alternative. If you are funding your own care you may not be aware of all the available options. It may seem simplest to pay care fees from savings, income or selling your home, but this may not be the best solution.

Carewise was set up by West Sussex County Council, Age UK West Sussex, West Sussex Partners in Care and the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) to help people through this financial minefield. It provides information and advice about care and support options and the most cost-effective ways of paying for long-term care.

Carewise includes a panel of care fees specialists, who are independent financial advisers specialising in financial planning for later life. They can advise people on what type of care and support at home or residential care they can afford and help to preserve savings and assets for as long as possible.

All the Carewise care fees specialists are Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked and trained in safeguarding adults. They are also members of the ‘Buy with Confidence’ or equivalent consumer scheme and accredited by SOLLA, a consumer organisation that aims to improve the standard of financial advice for older people.

For more information on the Carewise scheme and to see a list of local care fee specialists, visit West Sussex Connect to Support or contact Adults’ Care Point on 01243 642121 or email socialcare@westsussex.gov.uk.

You can watch a short film about the benefits of Carewise below.

An invitation to Solicitors...

An invitation to Solicitors...

From time-to-time you no doubt discuss issues relating to planning and paying for long-term care with your clients and you’ll be aware of the myriad of choices that people can be faced with, such as deferred payment agreements, renting out property, care fees annuities, equity release and Trusts.

Carewise was set up in 2011 by West Sussex County Council, the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA), Age UK West Sussex and West Sussex Partners in Care to provide trustworthy, independent financial advice about care and support options and the most cost-effective ways of paying for care.

Carewise includes a panel of seven locally-based independent financial advisers specialising in financial planning for later life – all members of SOLLA. They provide comprehensive advice on what type of care and support at home or in residential care clients can afford, and help to preserve savings and assets for as long as possible. To provide people with added confidence they are all approved by Trading Standards’ Buy with Confidence scheme (or equivalent local authority scheme), Disclosure and Barring Service checked and trained in safeguarding adults.

You can view an information leaflet about Carewise below, so that you fully understand the breadth of information and advice that can be provided to clients; from specialist financial advice on later life planning to the free Money Advice Service provided by Age UK West Sussex.

To see the list of Carewise care fee specialists please visit www.westsussexconnecttosupport/carewise’.

If you have any questions or would like to order more copies of the leaflet and/or information packs for your clients please contact Andrew Porsch by email at Andrew.Porsch@westsussex.gov.uk or phone 0330 22 22403.

Further information

Further information

Call 01243 642121, email socialcare@westsussex.gov.uk or find further online information from West Sussex Connect to Support.

Provides many services for older people, including an information and advice service and money advice service. Call 0800 0191310

Offers personalised information and support to help people across West Sussex in their caring role. Call 0300 028 8888 or email info@carerssupport.org.uk.

A free, independent service set up by Government and funded by a levy on the financial services industry, where you can find information about funding long-term care.

A free and impartial government service about your defined contribution pension options. Book an appointment to get free and impartial guidance over the phone or face-to-face. You’ll talk about your pension options and what you can do next.

At the end of your appointment you’ll get a summary of your details and next steps you need to take. Book a free appointment.

A not-for profit organisation helping people and their families to find trusted accredited financial advisers who understand financial needs in later life.

An initiative helping businesses comply with the law and improve consumer protection.

The largest representative body for community care in West Sussex working on behalf of private, voluntary and not for profit organisations of all sizes.

 


Downloads

  • Carewise booklet 2017

    Information and financial advice to help you make decisions in later life.

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Video

 

How to be Care Wise

How the Carewise West Sussex scheme can help elderly people.

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