It is very common for Long Term care decisions to be made quickly and for events to develop at high speed when options for intensive support are being discussed – especially at times of crisis. Points of no return are reached rapidly, for example properties are sold, making it impossible to provide support at home. It is clear that older people with high support needs (in general) and the resident population of care homes (in particular) are regarded as and treated like commodities, not consumers with rights, entitlements or purchasing power.
Funding and market factors often dominate discussions around the provision of long-term care (rather than a focus on older people’s lives). With SOLLA (Society of Latter Life Advisers) registered advisers, we strive to find a more positive picture of what ‘a good life’ looks like and how financial planning can make a real difference, even when a person needs a lot of support.