1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. taylorcat

    taylorcat Registered User

    Jun 18, 2006
    171
    W.Scotland
    Just thought I'd share this in case someone else doesn't know. My dad has ordered one of these body moulded mattresses for Mum's bed. At the moment she has a topper one that goes on top of her own mattress. Anyway the district nurses were out today and asked if it was one of their mattresses. Apparently Social Work supply these memory foam mattresses and nobody said a word about it.
     
  2. Kathleen

    Kathleen Registered User

    Mar 12, 2005
    639
    West Sussex
    Maybe your Dad could cancel the order and get one through Social Services instead if he needs to.

    On more than one occasion we have struggled to buy something we needed only to meet someone within a few days who says cheerfully..........."if only you'd told me, I've just got rid of one of those" and find the exact item you worked so hard to pay for was either given to a charity shop or thrown away!

    Or maybe we are just unlucky.

    Kathleen
     
  3. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    Thank - you for high lighting that , but I wonder how far into the AZ they have to be to get one ?
     
  4. taylorcat

    taylorcat Registered User

    Jun 18, 2006
    171
    W.Scotland
    I also wonder what else is available and nobody tells you
     
  5. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    Carer Grant of up to £350 , which I got a new washing machine for £350

    Also I been told that you can get a lower rate on your water bill , if your caring for someone at home .
     
  6. taylorcat

    taylorcat Registered User

    Jun 18, 2006
    171
    W.Scotland
    We are in Scotland. Where would my Dad apply to for a grant? Is it means tested?
     
  7. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    17,000
    SW Scotland
    I think you have to be on some sort of income support or pension credit to get these grants, but I can find any specific references to Scotland, so it may be worth trying your local council. They have grants available for all sorts.

    You can find general pension and benefits info here.


    http://www.thepensionservice.gov.uk/retired/at-home-scotland/home.asp
     
  8. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    #8 Margarita, Jun 27, 2007
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2007
    Read this




    http://216.239.59.104/search?q=cach...+carer+grant&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&client=safari

    1. In 2004/05 the Carers Grant will increase by £25 million to £125 million. It will
    be paid as a specific formula grant with no conditions attached. Twenty percent
    has been allocated using the children’s formula, 24% using the adults' (18-64)
    formula and 56% using the older people's formula

    PS In Uk its Not means tested or is it ? as I do not no what
    Quote:
    be paid as a specific formula grant with no conditions attached. ..
    means

    as it says no conditions , they never ask me what income I had coming in only that I was a carer to my mother
     
  9. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    #9 Margarita, Jun 27, 2007
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2007
    Sorry hear the up to date one

    http://216.239.59.104/search?q=cach...t+2006/+2007&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&client=safari

    If that does not open click hear http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publication...ions/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_4128401


    Just like you say about Social Work they Just don't tell you
     
  10. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    17,000
    SW Scotland
    #10 Skye, Jun 27, 2007
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2007
    Maggie, that is referring to the grant the government pays to councils to cover all services for carers. I don't think it's as easy as that to get money without assessment, unless it's for heating, bathrooms, etc. I don't know, but it doesn't do any harm to apply
     
  11. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    #11 Margarita, Jun 27, 2007
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2007
    Care grant is one of them and we the carer have a right to ask for it :confused:

    carer Grant of up to £350, that can be spent on a Holiday, or anything that would help you in your caring role
     
  12. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    In our area we had leaflets sent out to all carer , saying we can ask for up to £500 , then it went down to £350 following year out of that money above .

    When I ask for it , it had gone down to £350 , ask your local Royal princess carers trust about it , if your SW not help full in coming forward about it .
     
  13. connie

    connie Registered User

    Mar 7, 2004
    9,519
    Frinton-on-Sea
    When Lionel was at home with me we paid for everything. (O.K. so we have a little money)

    Since Lionel has been in the care home (his condition is rapidly deteriating) we have purchased a special chair for him.....cost immaterial...........chair needed.

    Now, although we are self funding, SS have provided a special 'water type bed', covered cot/side bars, electronic rise and fall etc. All at the time when I was enquiring about buying Lionel a similer bed.......

    Well I am not asking questions,.......just grateful
     
  14. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,680
    Kent
    I have made enquiries about this Margarita, and it`s means tested.
     
  15. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    #15 Margarita, Jun 28, 2007
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2007
    Even for pensioners caring for someone ?

    PS . Seem that it is , Your think they included Attendance allowance on it
     
  16. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    #16 Margarita, Jun 28, 2007
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2007
    I know Connie , I also Just don't understand the system.

    Its like I always thought if you own your own property they would except you to pay for all the adaption for a shower unit , then I found out that SS would pay for it .

    Its all like now when you go to university no matter what your parents income is High or Low , your still going to have to pay all the university fee back . once you start working , on Top of all the student loans you get .

    where before you did not if your parents earn under 20k a year . ( university fee back )

    They done it like that to make it more far , for those parents that earn just over the 20k a year and could not get the fees payed

    but if you go to your university & apply for a grant ( mean tested ) its all first come first served ( don't have to pay it back ) if you don't get your application in fast the money gone .

    Just like that carer grant ( if you get my point ) even thought you don't pay it back . ( they a pot of money they , they Just don't tell you about) so if you leave it all to late , because you did not know the money gone .

    Maybe the carer Grant is mean tested like if you have saving over 18k
     
  17. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    I phone my local Royal princess carers trust in Hammersmith / Fulham about carer small grant

    And they said no its not means tested , as far as they know .
     

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