Your guide to caring for an elderly parent or relative
Where to Start with Elderly Care
Remain Living Independently at Home
Elderly Care at Home
At the end
Guiding you through Elderly Care in the UK
Elderly care is a complicated world and involves navigating all kinds of organisations, processes and tough times. Caring for an elderly relative starts way before you actually do as you need to get prepared to care for them in a way that works for you and respects what they want. You might have to traverse your local council’s sometimes tricky social care sector for funding or access to certain services. Further down the line you will have to make decisions on whether or not it is best for your elderly parent to continuing to live at home, and if so what you need to do to help accommodate this. Finally, when the time comes your parent and your family will need to discuss and plan for what to do at the end, and how they wish to be celebrated after.
At Age Space you will find everything you need to help care for an elderly relative through sensitive and informative guides, checklists, podcasts and more.
Is elderly care free in England?
Can I get paid for caring for my elderly parent or relative?
If you care for someone for more that 35 hours per week you may be eligible for something called a Carer's Allowance. It is a means-tested benefit which means you have to fulfil a specific set of requirements in order to receive it.
How much does 24 hour elderly care cost?
How much 24 hour care, or live-in care, costs depends on many factors including: the type of care needed, the experience of the carer, the location, and expenses. On average live-in care costs are comparable to that of a care home. However, live-in care allows your elderly relative to live in their home for longer and to receive one-to-one, personalised care 24 hours a day.
Am I legally responsible for my elderly parents?
In short, no. Unless you have a Power of Attorney you have no legal responsibility for your parents. If there does come a time where they are medically and legally determined not to have mental capacity, you (if you have a Power of Attorney) or someone else will be responsible for them, their finances and most importantly, their wellbeing.