The National Careline Blog

Funding care fees. A dilemma without a rehearsal

01 July 2020

I was recently approached by a friend (Emma) enquiring into the options of paying for care home fees for her 90 year old father (Peter), a widower, who has dementia and couldn’t live at home safely anymore.  Emma inherited her mother’s half of the property and is a tenant in common with her father. She […]

Are you part of the ‘Sandwich Generation?’

17 June 2020

The sandwich generation is a term which refers to adults, often in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are caught between caring for ageing parents and bringing up their own dependent children. According to a new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the number of people in this trap is rising rapidly. The […]

Emergency Financial Advice

12 May 2020

The idea was the brainchild of Better Retirement’s Billy Burrows who has set up a new website called where people can ask a question or book a free call with a financial adviser. Better Retirement and The National Careline are one of over 50 financial advisers who are supporting the Emergency Financial Advice project […]

Making your Will or a Lasting Power of Attorney during a Pandemic

05 May 2020

Having legal documents such as Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney in place and up to date is good practice at any time.  With so much uncertainty and concern surrounding the current COVID-19 Pandemic, many of us are perhaps more aware of ensuring our affairs are in order. Dying Intestate If you die without making […]

Coronavirus Act 2020 – Emergency legislation

24 April 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force on 25th March 2020 and extensively changed many of the duties and responsibilities that public bodies were following in the existing legislation under the Care Act 2014. The new Act created a range of emergency measures to help the care system manage the extra pressures caused by the […]

Funeral Planning in a Pandemic

15 April 2020

It is an inescapable fact that many thousands of people are likely to die from Covid-19 over the next few weeks and months and the rules regarding attendance at their funerals will continue to be severely restricted. The severity of the effects of Covid-19 have resulted in the untimely deaths of more than 10,000 hospital […]