Clear and simple guidance to help older people find their way through the care maze
Age UK Birmingham
55 Alcester Road South
Age UK Birmingham is a local charity with services aimed at all older people and their carers in all the wards of Birmingham.
General Enquires Line: 0121 437 0033
Information Advice Line: 0121 437 0479
LOCAL HELP & SUPPORT
IMPORTANT - HAVE YOU CONTACTED YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITY YET?
Birmingham City Council
Your local authority has a responsibility to keep its residents safe and to support their general wellbeing. Whether you believe you will have
to pay for care, or not we recommend you contact your local authority's social service department ASAP and request a needs assessment.
Tel: 0121 303 1234
Other West Midlands click here
Edgbaston, Erdington, Hall Green, Hodge Hill, Ladywood, Northfield, Perry Barr, Selly Oak, Sutton Coldfield, Yardley
NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing care
To find out more - Age UK have an excellent factsheet
If you would like help with wills, Powers of Attorney or other legal matters relating to older people then we believe Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) would be a good place to start. It is an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.
You can find a local legal adviser through them.
Gov.UK has a useful website
LOOKING FOR A CARE HOME OR OTHER CARE SERVICES?
Alternatively there are a number of websites where you can search in your local area. The following are probably the better ones.
The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. They have a website where you can search care homes and other care providers. My NHS also has search facilities.
CARE TO BE DIFFERENT
Helping you secure NHS funding for care fees
An excellent website that can help you understand NHS Continuing Healthcare
SPECIALIST CARE FEES ADVICE
Are you worried about about paying for care, the possibility of your money running out and the problems involved?
Care Fees Advice, or care fees planning, is a specialist type of financial advice, provided by financial advisers, which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Usually this type of advice is sought when someone is moving into a care home;
sometimes people seek advice when looking for ways to fund care at home.
We believe the most experienced care fees advisers are to be found through the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA). All their members must adhere to a code of practice and full members must be fully accredited. You can search for an adviser local to you here.
You may also want to search the "Paying for Care" and "Symponia" websites.