Accommodation options for my mum (and dad) after suffering a stroke

icebergx
icebergx Posts: 688 Forumite
edited 29 January 2015 at 11:37AM in Over 50s MoneySaving
Hi all,

I wanted to see what options my mother has with regards to accommodation as she suffered a sever stroke a few weeks ago.
My mother and father live together and own a home together. Both I and my brother live abroad.
Their house is too big for them, and my mother will probably need some degree of care for the rest of her life. My father wishes to continue to live with my mum but, as mentioned, their current home is too big for them.

An ideal scenario would be for them to move to a flat/apartment with care facilities on-site. Can anyone tell me how to find out where such properties exist?
What kind of monthly costs can they expect to pay for something like this in East/South London?
Are there any particular eligibility criteria?
Will the local authority care service still be allowed to conduct their daily care visits?

Sorry, I'm an absolute novice at this so any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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  • duchy
    duchy Posts: 19,511 Forumite
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    edited 29 January 2015 at 11:39AM
    Probably your best bet is next time you visit them to have a chat with te social worker allocated to them (with their permission of course). Is your Dad also incapacitated and unable to make these arrangements ? It is more usual for the couple themselves to make the arrangements especially if children are a long distance away.

    What is available varies considerably East/South London covers a large area and a multitude of local councils - all are different. Same with property- a supported flat in Lewisham is going to be a very different cost to one on the Essex or Surrey borders for example.
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  • icebergx
    icebergx Posts: 688 Forumite
    duchy wrote: »
    Probably your best bet is next time you visit them to have a chat with te social worker allocated to them (with their permission of course). Is your Dad also incapacitated and unable to make these arrangements ? It is more usual for the couple themselves to make the arrangements especially if children are a long distance away.

    What is available varies considerably East/South London covers a large area and a multitude of local councils - all are different. Same with property- a supported flat in Lewisham is going to be a very different cost to one on the Essex or Surrey borders for example.

    My Dad is OK but I'm just a bit more savvy when it comes to researching these things and we've both agreed to (at least) explore all the different options available and this was one that made sense for him. They live in Tower Hamlets at the moment, but they'd consider parts of South London too, as they have friends living in Greenwich and Woolwich.
    I'm just after the best, most comfortable situation for them and I'll definitely speak to the social/keyworker allocated to us, asap.

    Thanks.
  • Savvy_Sue
    Savvy_Sue Posts: 46,012 Forumite
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    I'd start here and here, and then do a similar search for Greenwich and other areas they might be interested in. Not all the schemes will be run by the council.

    If you can find somewhere which would allow for a fairly seamless transition to more support as and when they need it, that would probably be useful. This is an example of one close to me, my Dad would have loved it!
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  • icebergx
    icebergx Posts: 688 Forumite
    Savvy_Sue wrote: »
    I'd start here and here, and then do a similar search for Greenwich and other areas they might be interested in. Not all the schemes will be run by the council.

    If you can find somewhere which would allow for a fairly seamless transition to more support as and when they need it, that would probably be useful. This is an example of one close to me, my Dad would have loved it!

    Thanks for that. I'll definitely look into it.
    Appreciate you help.
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