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Going into Residential Care: Enabling your clients to make the best possible choice

Clients entering into the residential and nursing care maze are often faced with a bewildering number of options and the availability of clear cut objective advice is often the last issue to be considered. They can therefore be pressurised both by their families and by social services, into making an inappropriate decision. Advance planning to put the paperwork in place and also to take necessary financial decisions is not always possible, but as previous articles in ECA by Ken Hart and Philip Spiers have indicated, there can be ways through the financial issues even at the last minute. However, making the wrong decision about the care options available is not always surmountable for the frail elderly client.

1 March 1997

Going into Residential Care
Enabling your clients to make the best possible choice

Clients entering into the residential and nursing care maze are often faced with a bewildering number of options and the availability of clear cut objective advice is often the last issue to be considered. They can therefore be pressurised both by their families and by social services, into making an inappropriate decision. Advance planning to put the paperwork in place and also to take necessary financial decisions is not always possible, but as previous articles in ECA by Ken Hart and Philip Spiers have indicated, there can be ways through the financial issues even at the last minute. However, making the wrong decision about the care options available is not always surmountable for the frail elderly client.

The best advice for those looking at care options must be from the adviser who understands and knows how the local system works in their area. For anyone invol...

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