More than 90% of over-65s have made no plans for care

9th October 2014

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A staggering 96% of over-65s have made no financial plans to pay for care should they need it later in life according to research from specialist insurer Partnership.

The study also found that 73% of over-65s have not spoken to their families or even thought about the subject. This is particularly worrying as families are often intimately involved in the process of finding their older relatives care – the analysis concluded that 20% of 45-50s and 21% of 51-55s say they expect to find a care home for their parents/parents in law.

In addition to putting off care conversations and planning, people are unaware of the financial products that can be used as part of care fees planning – as are their children.   While care annuities are the only product specifically designed to meet care costs in return for a one off premium – and if paid directly to a registered care provider income is tax free – general awareness of these products was very low.

Percentage of Children unaware (i.e. 45 -54 ) Percentage unaware (over-65s)
Care Annuity* 76% 77%
Immediate Needs Annuity 78% 81%
Deferred Payment Scheme 68% 68%
Equity Release 32% 18%
Long-Term Care Bonds 52% 55%

 

However, while over-65s were unaware of these options, many were interested in further information. One in four, at 25%, wanted to understand more about immediate needs annuities, 25% expressing an interest in care annuities and 21% wanting additional information on the deferred payment scheme, suggesting that while people may not actively seek out information if asked they are open to discussion around the options.

Thomas Kenny, of Partnership, said: “Care is very much on the agenda at the moment but this research highlights that not only have most people not made any plans or spoken to their families, they don’t know what their options are when it comes to paying for care. This is likely to be due to the fact that very few people want to consider the possibility of needing long-term care in later life.

“However, while there is a very low understanding, of the products that can help people manage long-term care costs, some over-65s are clearly interested in understanding more about their options. This suggests that advisers should be speaking to their clients to see if they – or their parents – want further information on care planning. Taking time to consider their options now will pay off in the long run.”

 

2 thoughts on “More than 90% of over-65s have made no plans for care”

  1. george the first says:

    Maybe when the new cap on care costs comes into force in April 2016, products will be available to meed the gap in funding?

  2. Noo 2 Economics says:

    There IS an alternative – children could try either leaving work (if they can afford to) or part time working to care for their elderly parents with the help of home carers visiting once or twice a day.

    This should make the aged parent less anxious as they stay in their own home and still receive care from people who actually care about them rather than people who are paid to look after them.

    The care provided in that environment,compared to what I have seen of private care homes will be at least as good and very likely significantly better then a private care home.

    Financial planning would be required to make this solution work with only limited financial support available from central funds being the Attendance Allowance for the person cared for and Carers Allowance for the carer.

    Local Authorities have their own in-house schemes re the amount of care they will pay for before requiring payment, but nevertheless, a far more humane approach to looking after people in their final years rather than the impersonal approach of dumping them in a strange care home with unfamiliar people and surroundings and handing over the care annuity.

    Of course, if the aged person has no family then this avenue cannot be explored.

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