Care – a big decision

One of the most difficult decisions a family can make is placing a loved one in a care home, the second most difficult decision is deciding the best place for them.

Clients are often concerned whether they are making the best choice for their loved ones and with recent bad press surrounding care homes, it is easy to see why clients are confused at this difficult and distressing time.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the Independent Regulator of adult social services, publicised in their recent Care Report that more than 60 per cent of adult social care services have been rated either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. We work with many such good and outstanding homes and can advise clients on both the implications and funding complexities of care.

The CQC also revealed that there is an unacceptable level of poor care in England, with 40 per cent of care providers rated as ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Requires Improvement’ so it is important that families make the right decision.

The CQC report also highlights how fragile the adult social service sector is set against the vastly growing demand for these services.

Abigail Wells, a Trainee Legal Executive at Thursfields Solicitors, commented “It is worrying to see that nearly half of the care provided by adult social services have been rated inadequate, these people are the most vulnerable members of society and need quality staff members to treat them, we can assist our clients in making the right decisions for them and their loved ones”.

Thursfields also assists clients in putting their affairs in order when a loved one goes into a care, for example considering whether a Lasting Power of Attorney should be put into place in order to assist you can manage your loved ones finances and protect their assets.

Our specialist care team at Thursfields can help with the burden and make the situation easier and less stressful. For further information please contact Abigail Wells on 0121 227 3850 or email

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