• Stirlings' Family event

Taking that first leap from home into care can be a daunting and overwhelming experience

It can be emotionally taxing, because for some, it’s leaving home which has been a safe haven for decades. And guiding them through this journey is, more often than not, their loved ones.

But understanding exactly how funding for care works can be confusing.

Stirlings, which is run by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), hosted a wine and cheese evening for the local community, where a team of specialist advisers who understand the financial needs in later life and the team members who run the home were on hand to offer advice.

“It’s not only overwhelming for the resident when they move into a care home, but also their relatives who want to ensure they are being well looked after and have made the right decisions,” Stirlings’ Home Manager, Lisa Duffy, said. “We want our residents and their relatives to know and feel comfortable with their decisions, and I hope this event will help those considering moving into care.”

Relatives of residents currently residing in the home were also at the event to offer their first-hand experiences of moving into care.

Chartered Financial Planner and Member of the Society of Later Life Advisers, Simon Bray BA FPFS, says it’s really important people are aware of what options are available to them, because it can be daunting and confusing.

“Making the right choices when it comes to paying for care can significantly reduce costs and help to protect your estate. Exploring your options with a specialist who is both professionally qualified and highly experienced will ensure you get the right advice at the right time.

The experts at the event include:

  • A local GP
  • SOLLA Advisor from Denham Wealth Management LLP (Society of Later Life Advisors – they are financial advisors)
  • SOLLA Advisor from Simon Bray Wealth Management Ltd
  • Founder of Care Funding Guidance, Owain Wright, who runs not-for-profit business who gives free advice to families about paying for care.
  • District Nurses
  • Care Home support Nurse (the integrated Care Home Support Service (CHSS) is a multidisciplinary team which consists of specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, healthcare assistants in addition to mental health occupational therapists/nurses. A medical consultant, psychiatrist and psychologist give clinical leadership to the team).