Deprivation of assets?

My 84 year old brother has prostate cancer and Parkinson's.He would like to adapt his home so that his youngest daughter and 2 children could move in to look after him.To do this he wants to convert a garage into a small bedsit for himself on the ground floor to avoid using the stairs, which  he finds increasingly difficult.He has 60k in savings and would have to spend  35-40k on the conversion.Would this be considered deprivation of assets, if in the future he were to go into a care home?He is independent and wishes to remain in the family home at all costs.

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  • Brie
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    Does he have planning permission to do this?  That would be the first issues to sort out.

    But no - not deprivation of assets if he is doing something for himself to keep himself in his home as long as possible.  No different than if he used money to put in a wet room, ramps, whatever.  He may want to contact the local council as they might facilitate the work if they can see it would be in their interest.  But also don't be afraid of getting their assessment of what work is needing and then refusing to take it further.  The local NHS occupational health adviser had all sorts of plans for our house to make life easier for my MiL who was living with us and we said no to them all as unreasonable.  (i.e. lose parking for 2 cars to put in a very long ramp from the front door so she could use a walker to get in and out of the house - she wasn't capable of going anywhere by herself so a portable ramp was used instead and lessened the distance she would have had to walk to the car)
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    edited 28 September 2023 at 2:52PM
    Zirconia said:
    My 84 year old brother has prostate cancer and Parkinson's.He would like to adapt his home so that his youngest daughter and 2 children could move in to look after him.To do this he wants to convert a garage into a small bedsit for himself on the ground floor to avoid using the stairs, which  he finds increasingly difficult.He has 60k in savings and would have to spend  35-40k on the conversion.Would this be considered deprivation of assets, if in the future he were to go into a care home?He is independent and wishes to remain in the family home at all costs.

    Where will his daughter and her two children live if he has to go into a care home?

    If he owns the property, that is an asset too
  • TELLIT01
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    No it wouldn't be classed as deprivation of assets but maybe there is a need to step back an look at the practicality of the entire suggestion.  Assuming planning permission hasn't yet been applied for or granted, just that element could take many months, then there is the issue of getting a reliable builder and getting the work done.  It's unlikely the entire process would take much less than a year. Being brutal, would he be able to cope with the upheaval.  Also, as OhWow asks, where will the daughter and children move to if he has to go into a care home?
    None of these potential obstacles cannot be overcome, but do need to be considered very carefully.
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