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PO response to rising costs of care homes

Speaking about the rising costs of care homes, Alan Innes explains with careful planning we can make sure old age is a time of relaxation and comfort.

Alan Innes

Partner and Head of Private Client Services Edinburgh

Following the article ‘Pensioners face selling up as cost of care homes soars’ Scottish Daily Mail, Tuesday 16 July, I would like to reassure people that this is not necessarily the fate which awaits us in old age.

Whilst it is a reality that care home fees across Scotland are rising, there are measures we can all take to ensure we’re prepared and able to afford the cost of our later years while also protecting our loved ones.

I would advise anyone who doesn’t want to sell their home to pay for care to ensure they have organised their affairs in advance to allow a family member or trusted friend to look after their finances should they become unable to.

In addition, there are some excellent legal and practical services available to help make sure people are able to remain at home for as long as possible without needing to move into a care home which I feel more people need to be made aware of.

Our later years should not be a time to worry - with careful planning and preparation we can make sure old age is a time of relaxation and comfort.

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