Clear and simple guidance to help older people find their way through the care maze
Age UK Berkshire
Huntley House, 119 London Street, Reading, RG1 4QA
Age UK Berkshire's services for people are wide-ranging and cover the whole of Berkshire
Tel 0118 959 4242
LOCAL HELP & SUPPORT
IMPORTANT - HAVE YOU CONTACTED YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITY YET?
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
St Ives Road
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 01628 683744
Other Berkshire click here
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.
NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing care
To find out more - Age UK have an excellent factsheet
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.
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