Hi everyone. I’m in need of advice and guidance regarding care options and financial support for my 78 year old Mum. She has had an MS diagnosis since 1995, and despite her commitment to remain home based she is now in respite care following a relapse at Easter.
She has recently made the decision that its time for her to move into a care home, a decision that after 30 years of widowed independence has not been made lightly. She currently receives a widows state pension and the lower tier of mobility allowance. Although I feel she should really be qualifying for the higher tier as she cannot walk for more than a few steps using a rolator and only then if a nurse is behind her with a wheel chair.
The cost of care homes in the Nottingham area is just over £1,000 per week. Which means her house and limited savings will only last a few years as the local CHC assessment/application was unsuccessful. I therefore need to know what state entitlements she should be able to claim whilst I look to rent her home in the short term to try and provide a longer financial plan for her needs. The social services and local benefits team have been next to useless and as her only child, living a long way from her, this is proving a real challenge.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Kindest regards,