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IS LONG TERM ELDERLY CARE EVER FREE?

We asked Andrew Douglas, Partner at Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors who specialises in elderly care, for his views on this issue? • Surely elderly care is always free? There are only two situations where Long term care is totally free, meaning that people should not pay for their care at all. The first situation…
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WILL DAVID CAMERON’S (DC) LEGACY BE BREXIT OR SOCIAL CARE REFORM?

• We asked Andrew Douglas, Partner at Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors who specialises in elderly care, for his views on this issue? • Surely it must be BREXIT? Because it gets all the headlines BREXIT will almost definitely be what DC is most remembered for? It is my belief however, that running a close…
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IS DAVID CAMERON’S LEGACY BREXIT OR SOCIAL CARE REFORM?

• If asked, most people think that David Cameron (“DC”) will be most remembered for calling a referendum on BREXIT. People may be right but when history does remember DC his broken promises on older peoples social care could be a very close second. • Most recently Theresa May’s botched election campaign had at it’s…
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IS REFLECTING ON YOUR OWN MORTALITY PART OF A LONG TERM CARE PLAN?

The short answer is yes. This is partly because of the cost of a funeral. In 1992 the average cost of a funeral was £950.  In 2000 it was £1,920 whilst in 2014 the cost was £3,456.  Presently the average cost of a funeral with a burial is £ £4,257 with those same costs expected…
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ARE YOU IN SAFE HANDS WITH THE UK AMBULANCE SERVICE?

Nobody will deny that the Ambulance Service in the UK is one of the best in the world. The Service and the 32,000 people who work within it are second to none. In 2016 some 10.7 million emergency calls were handled by English Ambulance Services alone.   The job of the Ambulance Service is to…
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WILL THE NEW YEAR BRING A SOLUTION TO THE FRIGHTENING COST OF ELDERLY CARE?

We asked Andrew Douglas, Partner at Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors who specialises in elderly care, for his views on this issue? • The status quo is frightening? This is true not only because understanding the system is complicated but because the costs are such that if a person needs a care home facility then…
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IS IT THE CASE THAT LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY (LPA’S) ARE THE RIGHT SOLUTION?

• LPA’s allow individuals to name others to help them in the management of their affairs if they should lose capacity or otherwise think they need assistance. LPA’S in their current form have been in existence since October 2007. They are arguably one of the most important tools for individuals as they get older. •…
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A HUNG PARLIAMENT AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR SOCIAL CARE?

THE DECISION TO HOLD A SNAP ELECTION? Clearly the decision to hold a snap election was not because of the on going crisis in the elderly care system which is caused by too much demand and too little funding.   THE ISSUES IN SOCIAL CARE? A long list could be compiled. These include self funders…
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CAN YOU AFFORD TO RIP?

· Benjamin Franklin is attributed as saying “Nothing is certain except for death and taxes”. Although the former American founding father is only attributed with this famous quote, one thing today which is certain is that the cost of a funeral is forever rising. · In 1992 the average cost of a funeral was said…
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DO CARE HOMES CLOSE?

Given the ever growing demand for elderly care services, Care Homes perhaps surprisingly close at an alarming rate. A principle reason is the lack of resources that local authorities have to meet need, combined with the government’s sticking plaster approach to reform and making good.   In 2016 some 144 Care Homes plus closed. Additionally…
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