A quarter of pensioners stand to lose their home and savings to pay for care

Published: 28/11/2012

One in four pensioners will end up losing their home and the majority of their savings in order to pay for care home fees, a new report has revealed.

Currently if a person requires residential care for a social reason and has assets in excess of £23,250 they are required to fund their own care. However, with care now costing on average £27,000 a year, it is easy to see how a person’s assets can be, very quickly, eaten away. In fact, as many as 40,000 people who pay their own care home fees will see their assets so depleted they will end up relying on the state.

Should this happen, and the patient is unable to continue to pay for their own care, they could face being moved to a smaller room, forced to share or even face relocation to a lower-quality home.

Ros Altmann is from the over 50’s group, Saga:

“It is outrageous that we are in a position, in our advanced, economy, where we can’t say to someone that – no matter how much you have paid, no matter how much you have saved – we can guarantee you will be able to stay in the same place to get the care you need.”

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