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The Appointeeship programme is designed to help older people suffering from age related illnesses as well as people with learning or physical disabilities manage their money more effectively, by ensuring that they do not have to worry about claiming benefits or allowances they are entitled to, as well as helping them manage their daily finances. 
Indeed, it has too often been the case that clients with disabilities fail to benefit from the financial help they are entitled to, due to the fact that they are either unaware that they are eligible, or are unsure about the procedure to claim these benefits.

This is why having a financial appointee could be the best solution towards preventing financial abuse, as well as helping them claim benefits that they are entitled to, in order to ensure peace of mind for friends and family.


How does the Appointeeship Programme work?


The process of the Appointeeship service is simple and completely transparent:
  • A bank account in your name will be created for you
  • All benefits and allowance will be collected and transferred directly into this account
  • The money in this account will then be used to pay all your bills through setting up direct debits
  • Monthly expenditures and budgeting will be agreed on with the client from the account to ensure reasonable and intentional spending
The Appointeeship Programme, along with all all of the other home care services we provide is entirely tailored to, and designed to fit the needs of each client. The aim of this service isn't to exercise control over your finances, but to help you manage them while ensuring that you fully benefit from any allocation that you are entitled to.
Your appointee will be there to advise you on financial decisions, budgeting, and allocations, before discussing them with you to ensure that you agree with what they are recommending.

This service can be very reassuring for family, friends and loved ones, as it removes any sense of burden that comes with managing another person's finances, while providing peace of mind that your loved one's money and assets are safe and efficiently managed to their advantage. 

What is an Appointee?


An appointee is there to help manage the finances of people with learning, physical and mental disabilities, as well as people who are suffering from age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's or Dementia, all of which may render them unable to look after their own financial affairs. 

The primary role of your appointee will be to ensure  that you receive any benefits you are entitled to, as well as liaising with the Department of Work and Pensions  to ensure that any changes to your circumstances are accounted for.
Through this programme, people are able to retain ownership over their finances and assets without having to worry about missmanagement, abuse or theft. This service can range from simple, everyday money matters such as paying bills, to help with budgeting, benefit claiming and managing assets.

The aims of this service are empowerment and trust.
For elderly people who already require Dementia care, retaining control and independence despite their age or condition is essential. This is why the service aims to preserve that independence, while eliminating the risk of being taken advantage of.

With years of experience, our appointees already look after client accounts throughout the UK, and can help you or a loved one ensure that money matters are managed wisely.

For more information about our Appointeeship services, get in touch with us today. Call one of our friendly staff members to discuss your needs and requirements on 0800 688 8866, or email us at enquires@sovalhealthcare.co.uk.


There's no denying that more of us are now reaching old age than ever before - while this rise in life expectancy is thanks to excellent advances in medical technology and education, the knock-on effect is an increased strain on the NHS. With the post-war baby boom generation now already beginning to retire, our care system is about to face a strain like never before.


The Integral Foundation has projected that, by 2018, the proportion of over-65s in the UK will have risen by around 2 million, which at current funding levels will mean that spending per patient will have to fall by 9% to cover the increase in demand from this generation. When Simon Stevens, the current Chief Executive of the NHS, joined the organisation in 2014, he admitted that "service pressures are intensifying, and long-standing problems are not going to disappear overnight".

With this reality looming, more and more people will need to look to independent social care or healthcare to support both themselves and elderly relatives and to ensure thorough, high-quality care. While the NHS is undoubtedly a fantastic institution, and the envy of many countries around the world, the reality is that, with increasing demands, it can no longer offer a service which is tailored to its patients. Although NHS funded care homes are available, they are often oversubscribed, and of variable quality.

At Sova Healthcare, we adapt our care to you. We offer a wide variety of different service options, but we always take into account any special needs or requirements you may have in order to provide truly personal care. Our staff are all highly qualified and receive specific training and experience to enable them to perform their job to the high standards that we expect, and our customers deserve.

Although all our services are available privately, funding support is available if you require it. Your local authority may be able to help finance some or all of your care costs - simply contact your social services department to find out more. We are also one of only a handful of healthcare providers to offer an appointeeship service, which allows vulnerable adults and the elderly to receive financial help and guidance to enable them to live independently.

If you'd like to find out more about how Sova Healthcare could help you, or an elderly friend or relative, please get in touch with us today to talk through your requirements, or visit our FAQ page to find out more.

Following last week's blog post - which revealed that 46% of people believe they will have no option but to enter a residential care home in their old age - we at Sova Healthcare would like to highlight some of the ways in which elderly people can be cared for in the comfort of their own dwellings.

We appreciate that professional home care is, by and large, more costly than the alternative, but this needn't be a reason to cross it off your list of options. If your own income will not cover the cost of home care, there are several different ways to claim financial support that will allow you or your loved ones to enjoy a bespoke home care package (and all the benefits that this entails).

In the first instance, the best course of action is to contact your local ASS (Adult Social Services) department and inform them of your circumstances. They will perform an assessment to find out if you are eligible to claim financial support for home care.

As mentioned, there are multiple types of funding, including:
  • Attendance Allowance: For over-65s with mental and/or physical disabilities.
  • Personal Independence Payment: For people aged 16 to 64 with long-term health conditions.
  • Continuing Care: NHS-funded care (given outside of a hospital environment) for those with complex medical conditions.
  • Direct Payments: Government payments for the elderly and/or disabled. Available to anyone over 16.
More details here.

Of course, the above list is only a brief summary of the different funding options that may be available to you. For a more detailed overview of potential options, we recommended calling 0800 688 8866 and asking to speak with Sova Healthcare's specialist benefits advisor. We will discuss your specific situation and do our best to recommend a financial support route that will work for you.
A recent study reveals that we need to think more carefully about old age and what will happen when we get there.

Old woman

It seems like old age is something of a taboo subject in modern society. We don't want to think about getting old, and so we don't talk about it - we just push it to the back of our minds and try to forget about the fact that nobody stays young forever.

But recently-published statistics suggest that we should be talking about this topic a lot more. According to this article from PR Newswire...

  • ...97% of people aged 75+ would prefer to live in their own homes (as opposed to a residential care home).
  • ...only 54% of people believe that they will have the option of living at home in their final years.
  • ...23% of people have no idea what will happen to them in their old age.
  • ...86% of those polled have never discussed their wishes regarding old age care with loved ones.
These numbers are very revealing. Firstly, they prove something that most of us already suspected: very few people (only 3% of those polled) would choose to leave their homes behind and live in a care home. Beyond that, though, the report shows that we need to talk more openly about old age.

Here are two reasons why:

  • Almost half of those polled did not think that there would be any alternative to living in a residential care home. This is not true - companies like Sova Healthcare work hard to provide high-quality care in the client's own home, and even difficult circumstances such as dementia and terminal illness can be catered for. We need to change people's perspective on old age care, and this will not happen unless we start talking about it.

  • According to this survey, most people do not discuss old age with their loved ones and make a plan for their later years. Sitting down with your family and having a conversation about your wishes could well make the final years of your life far more pleasant - after all, if you tell them what you want, this puts them in a far better position to help you get it.

Photograph by Andrea