Care Matters Homecare Insight: Dementia – Planning for the Future

Every dementia journey is unique, but there are practical steps you can take to ease the process. Implementing these top five steps early on to face the future with confidence.

Financial Assistance
Research indicates that 63% of caregivers are highly concerned about their monthly expenses. In times of financial strain, you may qualify for specific benefits that can provide support:

  • Attendance Allowance – a weekly payment for those needing extra help due to illness or disability, including dementia.
  • Carer’s Allowance – available if you care for someone receiving other benefits for at least 35 hours a week.
  • NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding (CHC) – for adults with long-term complex health needs covering care fees. Seek specialist advice before applying, as the process can be challenging.
  • Other benefits – consider applying for Pension Credit, Council Tax Reduction, or Personal Independence Payment.

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Ensuring your loved one feels secure involves setting up a lasting power of attorney (LPA). This legal process appoints a trusted individual (attorney / solicitor) to make decisions about health, social care, or finances if the person becomes unable to do so. LPAs must prioritise the person’s best interests.

To establish an LPA, consult a solicitor or apply online: 

Accessing Information
In case of emergencies, can you access your loved one’s computer or bank account? Agree on a secure place to store crucial information, such as insurance documents and health records. Record passwords for utility and bank accounts, email, and mobile phones in a secure place, accessible only to authorised individuals or the appointed power of attorney.

Future Care Plans
Planning ahead involves documenting your loved one’s wishes through an advance care plan (ACP). This outlines their preferred care, including end-of-life care, medical treatment preferences (such as CPR), and funeral plans. Having an ACP is crucial as decision-making becomes more challenging with progressing dementia.

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Difficult Conversations
Caring for someone with dementia may lead to challenging discussions with family or the individual. Plan discussions in advance, jot down key points, and choose a quiet setting. Agree to actively listen to each other, and if overwhelmed, propose revisiting the conversation later. Consensus isn’t immediate but agree on a future time to continue the discussion.

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Date posted: February 27, 2024

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