CareAware explains a potential problem with 12-week disregard

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

CareAware, one of the UK¹s leading advisory services for long term care of older people, has responded to a comment published in the March edition of Caring Times in which Philip Spiers of the NHFA is reported as saying there were no circumstances where advice not to use the 12-week disregard could be construed as good. CareAware director Tim Ward says this is not always the case. “We agree that the 12-week disregard is the most cost-effective way for self-funders to meet their initial care costs and that once this period is over, individuals are likely to be best suited by applying to the Benefits Agency, while their property is being sold,” he said. “However, changes to the benefits system from April, with the abolition of the Residential Accommodation Allowance had presented residents with a real dilemma prior to this deadline. “We receive a great many calls and enquiries to our helpline from individuals who need the added flexibility which the Benefits Agency option provides. A key factor for residents t

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