Many people would rather live the rest of their lives in their own homes rather than move into a residential home. If you are one of these people you should find out what forms of assistance are available to you; both statutory and voluntary.
Age UK are able to provide you details regarding the facilities that you could use; like meals on wheels, day centres and assistance at your home. You might be eligible for financial assistance in the form of an attendance allowance. There are also community nurses attached to many doctor’s surgeries who can assess your needs and help obtain the assistance you need.
You can apply for a disabled driving permit, if you have difficulty getting about, that enables you (or whoever is driving with you) to park in restricted areas. You might also be able to secure assistance installing chairlifts and railings in your home.
Anything that makes the twilight of your life more bearable is well worth exploring, so don’t be afraid to ask around about facilities open to you
Who’s in charge when I die
Your next of kin and your executor(s) are in charge when you die. If you have no will or no close relatives there can sometimes be complications.
Should I make a will
By making a Will you will ensure that your assets, no matter how small, are distributed in line with your wishes.
Making a Will
A will sets out how your estate (your assets) should be distributed, and names an executor(s) to take care of this task. A will is only valid if your signature has been witnessed by 2 adults who are not beneficiaries of the will in anyway.