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About Simon Gilbert

Simon has been involved with care homes for over 30 years, providing advice to care home operators, both small and large. In this time, he has seen the sector grow from a cottage industry, with mostly small independent homes, into the sophisticated services we see today. He is passionate about the sector and the quality of both the care and its environment.

HOW MUCH WILL WE BE EXPECTED TO PAY FOR CARE IN OLD AGE?

Imagine the scenario…. You’ve been comfortably retired for 20 years, and then one day you receive a letter out of the blue asking you to pay £100,000. The reason? To help provide funds for the care you might need towards the end of your life. You’d be up in arms, wouldn’t you? Totally unfair and [...]

By |2018-06-20T19:32:35+00:00June 29th, 2017|News|

HEADS YOU LOSE. TAILS YOU LOSE.

The problem with the Tory policy on care, laid out in their manifesto, is that the consequences simply don’t seem to have been properly thought through. Currently, unlike those living in care homes, people who receive care at home do not have the value of their home included in their qualifying assets to determine how [...]

By |2018-06-20T19:33:22+00:00May 21st, 2017|News|

IN CARE? – WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXPECT HIGH STANDARDS

There has been much comment recently around what your care should include and what rights you, or your relative, have a right to expect. In some cases, there have been reports of people who complain, being barred from visiting the home to spend time with their relatives and even, in extreme cases, being asked to [...]

By |2018-03-04T13:18:56+00:00January 10th, 2017|News|

UNPAID CARERS – £119 BILLION POUNDS PER ANNUM

When talking about elderly care, most people think you mean care homes - which currently house around 400,000 individuals across the UK. But this figure pales into insignificance against the number of people receiving care from an unpaid family member or friend. 7 MILLION. Yes, that's right - at least 7 million people are being [...]

By |2018-06-20T19:34:27+00:00October 24th, 2016|News|

TOUGH TIMES AHEAD

With the number of over 85s in the UK forecast to more than double in the next 20 years, you would imagine that care home operators would be rubbing their hands with glee. Not so. There are currently just over 20,000 care homes for the elderly in the UK, but despite the rapidly aging population, [...]

By |2018-06-20T19:35:12+00:00June 5th, 2016|News|

GRANDFATHER

I met someone last week who told me a story about her grandfather, whose dementia condition had been worsening to such an extent that sadly he could no longer continue living on his own at home. So while my new acquaintance was working abroad, her parents had found a care home for him, and by [...]

By |2018-06-20T19:38:08+00:00April 29th, 2016|Dementia Care|
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