Finding and Funding Care in Later Life: 12th May 2017

On Friday 12th May, The Retirement Café launched with its first free event on the topic of care at the Kings Arms Hotel in Christchurch.

Justin King was joined by an expert in retirement financial solutions, manager of a local care home and manager of an in-home care agency to discuss your questions about finding and funding care in later life. Over a dozen guests enjoyed fresh coffee and home-made cake during a two hour question and answer session with the panel.

Graham Duffy, Care Specialist at Just, one of the leading providers of retirement solutions shared his 25 years’ experience of care annuities and options for funding care, providing advice based upon real life case studies. His knowledge was particularly useful when it came to guests’ questions about their specific circumstances.

Our two guests who have worked for many years in the care profession; Debi Phelan-Bainbridge who is currently manager of Ocean Breeze Residential Care Home in Barton on Sea and Kerry Mason who is Manager of MyLife Living Assistance – a leading provider of in-home care, talked about the realities of providing a service to families who need care today. They highlighted things to consider if you are planning care for a loved one.

If you would like a list of useful information provided to the guests who attended the events please click here.

Read more about our care experts here.

Kerry Mason

Kerry Mason is Christchurch Business Manager of MyLife Living Assistance. Kerry has been involved in the care sector within Bournemouth and Poole for over 14 years and is also a Dementia Friends Champion. She is well equipped to talk about the realities of providing a service to families who need care today. Kerry can also highlight things to consider if you are planning care for a loved one.

MyLife Living Assistance offers professional and compassionate support in the home, designed to help individuals stay comfortable and independent in their own homes.

Graham Duffy

Graham Duffy is Long Term Care Manager at Just, one of the UK’s leading providers of retirement financial solutions. With 25 years’ experience of care annuities and options for funding care, Graham can provide guidance based upon real life case studies.

He is also on the advisory board of the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) – an independent organisation that helps people and their families in finding trusted accredited financial advisers who understand financial needs in later life.

Hollie-Mae Clarke

Hollie-Mae Clarke is a Senior Customer Advisor for Colten Care, a family-owned care home operator that designs, builds, owns and runs 20 care homes across Dorset and Hampshire. Hollie’s role involves being  the first point of contact for prospective residents and relatives when they are looking to take that step towards a home. She supports families, hand-holds them and provides information to ensure their loved one’s journey into care is stress and hassle free.

Hollie has six years’ experience of helping people transition into a care home environment.

Of the 20 residential care homes run by Colten Care, four are specialist dementia homes.

Justin King

Justin King is an Independent Chartered Financial Planner and Managing Director of MFP Wealth Management, He is author of Ready, Steady, Retire! and holds the SOLLA Retirement Advice Standard. Justin specialises in working with people approaching, or already enjoying, their retirement to help them retire with complete financial confidence.

Justin works closely with care experts and understands how important it is to find the best care, so much so that he has created a guide with tips on how to plan for care. To read it, please click here.

The layout, location and ambience were perfect – it was cafe style exactly!

Guest at The Retirement Café, May 2017

It was very interesting to meet others in similar retirement situations

Guest at The Retirement Café, May 2017