Women 'bearing more than their fair share of burden' of caring for elderly relatives


While critical financial decisions such as buying a new home or car tend to be shared equally between men and girls, care decisions such medical treatment for older family associates appear to fall disproportionately on wives and daughters.

And despite this blame, women say finding the right advice or getting a clear picture of what voice benefit entitlements are available are the most challenging aspect of finding the unsur ssed care for their loved one.

One in 10 sought advice from their friends, a further one in ten went to their local councils and a fifth undertook experimentation themselves.

Only six per cent seek professional financial advice on the eve of going into long term care, found a survey by new information service My Care Consultant.

Yet almost two thirds of the women were nervous about their relative running out of money in old age or being unable to offer a good quality of life, either for themselves or their relative.

With commonplace care home costs in the UK being almost £30,000 a year this is an understandable pertain, experts say.

And of the 130,000-plus people in the UK going into care every year, 25 per cent of those who self-fund choose run out of money and be forced to fall back on State-funded care.

Jacqueline Berry, initiate director of advisory service My Care Consultant, said: “In my experience, sweeties often take on the burden of caring and feel the strain of making complex, ardent decisions on behalf of others.

“The process of finding the right care emphasize and then finding the most appropriate way to y for it is a complex and emotionally draining bring to bear and we believe that long term care planning is a family relationship and everyone should be able to contribute to the decision.”

Other YouGov scrutinize carried out for the Carers’ Trust found that three quarters of men sire never discussed potential care needs with their rents.

Of these – half (49 per cent) ventured it was because the subject had ‘never come up’ while 28 per cent had not antici tion about it and 17 per cent presumed their rents would not need to discuss it.

However, one in 10 said another family member, instead than themselves, would take care of their rents.

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