Advice about paying for care home fees
It’s important to get professional advice on the best way to fund the cost of care and we suggest that you take advice from a care fees expert to make sure that you have explored all the options available to you.
In order to make life easier we have contacted a national care fees planning specialist, Symponia who are dedicated to the financial issues of later life, in particular the payment of care fees.
Through Symponia’s network of carefully selected and qualified financial advisers they offer you and/or your family member empathic, bespoke advice on the best way to fund weekly care fees. This approach ensures that not only are all our residents and their families aware of the legislation and how it works but they are able to explore all the financial options available to them.
It should be noted that brighterkind and Symponia operate completely independently with no commission or financial benefit to brighterkind as a result of your conversation or contract.
Peace of mind
Seeking advice from a care home fees planning expert could provide the reassurance that you have explored all the options available, confident that you have:
Investigated the best and most comprehensive way to fund the care fee
Investigated and understood the array of mainstream and dedicated financial products
Some of which aren’t available unless you seek specialist advice
Understood the legislation and how it applies to the person needing care
Claimed the appropriate State Benefits and/or NHS funding
Been able to fund the care wanted, not the care perceived to be affordable
The right advice and application of previously unknown solutions makes what may have been thought unaffordable a realistic choice
All funds have been utilised to the full and wherever possible shouldn’t run out
The Symponia handbook, which can be downloaded here gives a useful overview of the service that Symponia offer and includes case studies and practical hints and tips.
Your Next Steps
If you don’t already have a financial adviser experienced in these later life fee planning issues on how to fund the cost of care, you might be interested in meeting up with your local Symponia member.
The advice you get will also take into account whether you need nursing care or residential care, both of which are available at Sutton Valence Care Home in Maidstone. We suggest that initially you discuss the care home fees with our Home Manager who can then help to set up a meeting or discussion with the local Symponia member in Maidstone at your earliest convenience. All first meetings are offered without cost or obligation.
You can contact the Care Home on: 01622 528 567
During the process they will guide you through legislation, take you through how this will affect you and your family and present you with a comprehensive report detailing all of your options.
Even if your final choice is to do nothing, at least you will have explored all the possibilities, and will have made a truly informed decision, whilst weighing up all the facts. We would much rather you explore all your options and dismiss them as unsuitable, than never know they existed in the first place.
The Symponia member available to provide advice to families and residents at Sutton Valence Care Home in Maidstone, Kent.
The Symponia member exclusively allocated to Sutton Valence is Natasha Etherton.
Natasha started her career in financial services in 2000, achieving Chartered status in 2009, and becoming an Accredited Later Life Adviser, a full member of SOLLA in 2016. Natasha’s passion is for inheritance tax and later life planning, to include care fee funding and equity release, and helping families achieve their objectives across the generations with good tax planning.
In line with Natasha’s later life expertise she regularly delivers information sessions at local Age UK groups on financial planning for care needs, financial scams and elder abuse. As a Dementia Champion, Natasha is trained to deliver information on dementia awareness and trying to create dementia friendly communities on behalf of Alzheimer’s UK, a cause about which she is passionate.
Outside of work Natasha is involved with several local charities, volunteers at her children’s school and loves spending every spare moment enjoying the Kent countryside with the family Labrador.
All financial advisers within Symponia are not only authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and they also hold the recognised long term care qualification of CF8 or CeLTCI.
Each Symponia member can meet with you or your relative at the care home if you prefer. Pop in to see our Care Home Manager and find out more.