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Carewise - financial advice on paying for care

What is Carewise?

Carewise is a financial advice scheme that offers independent information and advice about paying for care. Carewise was set up by West Sussex County Council, Age UK West Sussex , the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) and West Sussex Partners in Care to help people make the right choices for their situation. Carewise has an approved panel of care fees specialists who are qualified independent financial advisers who offer regulated financial advice about the different options available to pay for long-term care. It also includes free information and advice from Age UK West Sussex about issues relating to care and support, money and benefits

Click here for a list of Carewise care fees specialists where you can request a call back.

What is a care fees specialist?

Care fees specialists are qualified independent financial advisers who specialise in advice about paying for long-term care. To give you additional confidence Carewise –approved care fees specialists are:

The care fees specialists are either based in West Sussex or within a 20-mile radius of the county boundary. They are completely independent of West Sussex County Council.

Click here for a list of Carewise care fees specialists where you can request a call back.

How can care fees specialist help?

They will assess your financial circumstances and advise you on what type of care at home or residential care you can afford, explain the different financial options that are available to pay for your care and make sure you receive any benefits and payments you are entitled to, to help you preserve your savings and assets for as long as possible. There are lots of options available, including equity release, renting out your home, care fees annuities and deferred payment agreements, and a care fees specialist can advise on which ones are the most suitable for your circumstances.

Click here for a list of Carewise care fees specialists where you can request a call back.

How much does advice from a care fees specialist cost?

The first consultation with a Carewise care fees specialist is free of charge. The care fees specialists will be completely clear about their charges for further advice after the first consultation and you can decide then whether or not you want to continue. There is no obligation.

Click here for a list of Carewise care fees specialists where you can request a call back.

What advice is available form Age UK West Sussex?

Age UK West Sussex's information and advice service service covers a wide range of issues affecting people in later life including housing, care homes, care at home, money, debt, health matters and support for carers.

Age UK West Sussex money advice service offers confidential guidance on money matters including pensions and retirement planning, budgeting, savings and benefits you may be entitled to. This service does not sell or make recommendations about specific products or companies.

All the advice from Age UK West Sussex is free.

List of care fees specialists

Book your free consultation

You can contact a care fees specialist directly by clicking on ‘Request a call back’ for your chosen adviser. We have grouped them into county regions, but you may select any of the advisers to contact.

If you would like us to refer you to a care fees specialist, phone Adults’ CarePoint on 01243 642 121 or email mailto:socialcare@westsussex.gov.uk

Click on the box for a printable list of care fee specialists.

Northern

Name Company Phone Email Call Back
Andrew Dixson-Smith Eldercare
Solutions
01438 360082
07771 604057
advice@eldercaregroup.co.uk Request a call back
Neil Whitaker
and
Andy Kirk
Goodman Care
Fees Advisers
01892 500600 info@goodmancare.co.uk Request a call back
Kevin Dodd Later Life Asset Management Ltd 01372 879114
07930 460547
k.dodd@laterlifeasset.co.uk Request a call back

Southern

Name Company Phone Email Call Back
Tom Scott Big River Ltd - Care Advice Service 01903 550204
07941 115337
tomscott@careadviceservice.co.uk Request a call back
David Butler Succession
Group
07830 533288 david.butler@successiongroup.co.uk Request a call back

Western

Name Company Phone Email Call Back
Tim Anstee The Wealth
Care Partnership
0800 652 8232 info@twcp.co.uk Request a call back
Gordon Tate

Prestige Wealth Planning Ltd

02392 983761 
07973 713194
g.tate@prestigewp.co.uk Request a call back

If you live outside West Sussex and looking for independent financial advice for a person living in West Sussex, you can still contact a Carewise care fees specialist. If you would prefer to speak to another financial adviser who is not part of Carewise, we recommend you choose one that is accredited by the Society of Later Life Advisers.

Information and advice from Age UK West Sussex

Age UK West Sussex’s information and advice service runs from 10am-2pm Monday to Friday. Information and advice is available over the phone and at regular outreach sessions in different parts of the West Sussex. Check the Age UK West Sussex website for times and locations.

You can make an appointment for Age UK West Sussex’s confidential money advice service in Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Crawley, Haywards Heath or Burgess Hill.
Phone: 0800 019 1310
Email: information@ageukwestsussex.org.uk

Planning ahead for your care

Plan ahead for paying for care

At present if you have over £23,250 in savings or investments or you have enough income (this does not include earnings from paid employment) to pay for your own care, you will not be eligible to receive social care support paid for by West Sussex County Council. However, the County Council will still provide information and advice to help you plan your support and Carewise is part of that service.

So, if you think you’ll need to pay for your own care, it’s a good idea to take financial advice and plan ahead for how you are going to pay for care well before you need it. This allows you to make the most of your money and have peace of mind when the time comes knowing what you can afford and how you will pay for it.

Planning ahead is particularly important since the recent pension reforms because you may need to decide what money you will need in the future to pay for care before you decide how to spend or invest your pension, even if you don’t expect to need care for a long time.

Take financial advice even if you already receive care

People who can benefit from the independent financial advice from a Carewise care fees specialist include those who might need a small amount of extra income to fund care at home or capital for adaptations or extensions to their home, people with an immediate need for long-term residential or nursing home care, people who are already resident in a care home and paying for their care from their income and savings and people with power of attorney who are looking after the financial affairs of someone else in any of the above circumstances.

Make sure you are claiming benefits you are entitled to

The money advice from Age UK West Sussex can guide you through the different benefits that are available to make sure you are getting all the money you are entitled to.

Next Steps

If you would like to get advice on care planning and have over £100,000 in assets, including any property, Click here for a list of Carewise care fees specialists where you can request a call back.

If you would like to get advice on care planning and have less than £100,000 in assets, including any property, contact Age UK West Sussex

Further information

Last reviewed: 04/07/2018

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