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Many people’s first impression or thoughts of social care might be a residential care home, but there is a wide variety of social care services available and most people will be able to have care provided in their homes, depending on their individual support needs.
The first step in deciding which route is best for a person that may need care, is to go to the local authority – Kent County Council or Medway Council – and ask for a care and support assessment.
After the assessment, the local authority will advise what kind of care and support is needed, as well as advice on which services are available locally and how much it is likely to cost.
There are plenty of options available – many older people can keep their cherished independence by making changes to their home and living arrangements in order to stay put.
Downsizing to a smaller property can release equity to supplement a pension, cut home running costs and pay for home adaptations and extra help.
This is not always the answer. The alternatives include moving in with family, into sheltered accommodation or perhaps a care home. Moving in with family can work well in many cases for vulnerable, elderly people.
It is important to be realistic and make sure everybody has the same expectations.
Issues to consider include practical matters like what sort of care will be needed and who will provide it, and whether the house will need adapting.
Financial and legal arrangements should be clarified, for example if rent will be paid or contributions made towards bills.
Independent legal advice for both parties is essential and it may be worth drawing up a formal agreement.