In your later years, or in the event of a decline in your health, you may need to make a decision on whether you can continue to live in your own home or whether you need to consider moving to sheltered accommodation, moving in with family or moving into residential care.
Moving into residential care can mean a loss of independence and family home, but there are some advantages to care homes:
Care homes may be run by:
Start by researching and visiting homes.
Some more things to consider:
A Local Authority in England can only arrange and pay for care home accommodation in England, Wales or Scotland.
A Local Authority in Wales can arrange and pay for care home accommodation anywhere in the UK.
Local Authorities in Scotland can arrange and pay for care home accommodation in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you are living elsewhere in the UK and want to move to a care home in Scotland, you may be eligible for free nursing care and personal care payments as soon as you establish ordinary residence. There is no time limit for establishing ordinary residence.
If you are moving from a residential care home elsewhere in the UK and the place has already been funded by the relevant Local Authority, it is possible that it will be asked to continue funding the place in the care home in Scotland.
You can also talk to one of our legal advisers about housing options available to you.
The Health Wealth and Happiness Project supports the financial, emotional and physical wellbeing of over 50s living with HIV in Brighton, Bristol, London, Manchester and the West Midlands.
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