Elderly people in south Warwickshire struggling to get financial support for their care have been thrown a lifeline by a former senior hospital manager.
Suzie Bleasdale, who spent 40 years in nursing, has teamed up with Leamington solicitors Blythe Liggins to help families or friends to understand the process of applying for care home funding for a loved one.
Mrs Bleasdale, who for 20 years worked with people with complex brain injuries, assessing both their mental capacity and cognitive skills, said: “Applying for care home funding can be a stressful process and can seem like you’re fighting a battle. With my clinical background and comprehensive knowledge of the process, we can ensure the correct procedures are followed and the best outcome achieved.”
She said people often needed immediate help and someone able to guide them through the complexities of applying for assessments so that they could receive financial support.
“We can assist them in gathering the information they need to complete a strong and comprehensive summary of care needs, and support all communication between them and the social workers and health assessors.
“We can also help them source the relevant care home by visiting the homes to ensure they meet the standards required. Once that is done we can empower them to have confidence in what lies ahead,” she said.
Donna Bothamley, head of wills and probate at Blythe Liggins, said: “Even if they have been through the process and have been unsuccessful in securing health funding we can still help and support them through the appeals process and vigorously challenge any decision not to fund their care.”
For further information contact Mrs Bothamley on 01926 884763.
Caption: Suzie Bleasdale (left) with Donna Bothamley from Blythe Liggins Solicitors.