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How does the care cap work?

... cap on the maximum amount of care costs someone has to pay during their lifetime, which would be 72,000 for those of retirement age. However this has been postponed until 2020 at the earliest, and there is no certainty that it will ever come into ...

Is a pet for your parent a good idea?

... be costs involved in boarding houses, dog walkers and pet sitters. Time might not be so big an issue for a parent whose retirement may be enhanced by a furry friend but if you're not covering the cost of their pet it could be eating into their pension ...

Is it time to hang up the car keys?

... concern. Anecdotal evidence suggests that insurers see older women as a particular risk. That's because they often get less practice as their husbands retire and take on most of the driving. If insurance for either parent is due for renewal, take a look at our article ...

Review: The Hilton on Park Lane

... deals to be found online though. Weekend breaks So how does the Hilton on the Park rate as a weekend away for travellers of retirement age and beyond? The hotel is 28 storeys high but with an express lift system that once you've got the hang of it ...

Gardening tips for older people

... grass low and the shrubs in check and the real plants-people who can help with planting and cherishing the flora. You'll often find knowledgeable retired folk who have taken up offering garden services for enjoyment and to top up the pension. Hourly charges reflect both skills and where ...

How to prepare for your parent moving in

... with stairs due to limited mobility it can be helpful to convert a downstairs room into a bedroom space permitting so your parent can easily retire without requesting help to tackle the stairs.Also installing a chair lift on the stairs can help to reduce the risk of accidents or injuries ...

Visiting grandparents in their new care home

... of loved ones difficult to address and may even refuse to visit at all. Reasons for the moveIf your parent has moved into a retirement home it could be that they have simply reached the point where independent living has become too difficult. They are essentially the same ...

Caring for a father with Parkinson's

... also have the emotional side of all this to deal with. My parents had been together for over 60 years and were living in retirement in a little cottage in a small Oxfordshire village- not terribly practical in terms of access and support. They were about to ...

Tips on enjoying the garden at any age

... on free sites or sold at car boot sales. A well-earned rest Some of us will want to work hard in the garden after retirement. Others will simply want to relax more. Either way there'll be plenty of reason to simply sit and enjoy. Good, ...

How to manage your parent's financial affairs

... of Attorney to hopefully make the whole process smoother and swifter. State pension and benefits If your parent is incapacitated and entitled to a retirement pension and/or other state benefits, the Department for Work and Pensions can choose an 'appointee' to receive those benefits on ...