Elderly are ‘confused’ by the care available

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Elderly people in Lancashire, confused by the options of care as the reach retirement, are seeking guidance in larger numbers than ever before, according to a North West care group.

The plight for many of those facing retirement comes as research shows that one in seven people will retire with no income other than the basic state pension.

Now the Caring Hands Group – with a network of offices including Preston and Lytham – is highlighting how advice and guidance is the key to many people’s issues as they face retirement.

“We are seeing increasing numbers of people approaching this time who are confused and daunted by the options facing them,” said chairman Greg Bamber.

“The relatives of elderly people are also often confused and then realise there are options for their loved ones which make sense for the short and longer term, with a care package enabling them to stay in their own homes longer with some support.

“Everyone’s circumstances are different and this is a time which is usually very difficult in terms of choice and decision-making.”

According to recent research by Prudential, women are three times more likely than men to have no savings for retirement. Many people over-estimate how much they will receive from the basic state pension and will therefore live their retirement in poverty. In Lancashire there are 198,000 over-65s who account for 18 per cent of the county’s population.