Dementia Patients Face Unfair Care Charges

It has been reported by the BBC that dementia patients face unfair treatment in regards to the lack of paid-for care

The Alzheimer’s Society has recently found that the average yearly care cost is £32,242, however on average, only a third of this comes from the NHS or local council. This means that most of those living with dementia are forced to incur substantial care costs or rely on their families to break the bank to pay for such care.

Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes has said ‘If you have cancer or heart disease you can rightly expect that the care you need will be free. That is just not the case for people with dementia’

Although it has been found that over the last seven years there had been no change in the proportion of older people getting the disease, it has been predicted that the numbers will rise in the future due to the ever increasing ageing population. A more alarming statistic however, is that there has been a rise in younger adults with disease.

These findings highlight how important it is for people of all ages to plan for their future in regards to both potential care costs, but also in regards to the management of their affairs. It is a stressful and upsetting time when someone is diagnosed with dementia and it is therefore essential that everyone looks ahead and plans accordingly. This can be done by putting into place a Lasting Power of Attorney, perhaps setting up a family trust and making a Will.

If you would like to discuss planning for your future, please contact one of our Later Life Planning Team on 0800 037 4628.

Jennifer Wilkinson

About Jennifer Wilkinson

Jennifer Wilkinson is an Associate Solicitor within the Wills, Probate, Trusts and Tax Department at Forbes Solicitors. Jennifer’s blogs cover her specialisms of Will writing, dealing with the administration of estates, paying for care, powers of attorney and court of protection issues. Jennifer is also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and specialises in matters specifically relating to elderly clients.
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