The government’s recent spring budget announcement was met with disappointment from some organisations, as there was a lack of support included for the health and social care system.
Around 7.21 million people in England are awaiting treatment as the NHS continues to encounter significant backlogs triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Wealth and Wellbeing research reflected anxieties about the NHS backlog as nearly one in five (19%) worry they won’t be able to get the medical treatment they need. This is up from 14% a year earlier, and equates to 10m UK adults. And, these concerns about getting medical treatment are higher for retirees than those who are working (31% vs. 14%).
With the rising cost of living taking its toll on finances and the demand for care on rise, an increasing number of retirees may become vulnerable in the future.
Whilst the NHS continues to face challenges, adult social care services remain under pressure as according to Age UK, 12% of people aged 50+ in England (2.6 million) have an unmet need for care. And, the government’s recent decision to hold back promised social care funding to alleviate staff shortages may have a further detrimental impact.
Our ageing population is not getting the care and support they need, resulting in loved ones having to step in to help and in some cases quitting their jobs to provide hands on care.
How can LV= support your clients?
We understand the pressure that comes with finding a suitable care home, or reliable medical services. That’s why we offer two later life benefits to our lifetime mortgage customers; LV= Doctor Services and Care Navigator. Designed to give your clients a bit of extra support when they need it most.
LV= Doctor Services gives your client access to fast and convenient medical support through an app or by phone. This includes:
- 24/7 remote GP – unlimited consultations with a UK doctor to discuss any health or medical concerns.
- Second opinion – access to a medical specialist to review a diagnosis, clarify unanswered questions and help understand treatment options.
Care Navigator offers expert assistance from experienced nurses, enabling your clients to better navigate their way through the adult social care system. This service will support your clients with:
- Friendly nurses who offer a balance of empathy and practical advice.
- Guidance and support through the process of finding care.
- Thorough research of the most suitable care providers.
 Correct as at January 2023, British Medical Association – https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/nhs-delivery-and-workforce/pressures/nhs-backlog-data-analysis
 LV= Wealth and Wellbeing Research Programme, Edition 11 – https://www.lvadviser.com/service/documentlibrary/get/4f09cbda-7707-4a38-912e-65e64b476ba7/wealth-and-wellbeing-ed-11.pdf
 Why can’t I get care?, Age UK – https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/campaigns/care-in-crisis/why-cant-i-get-care-report.pdf
Both of these services are available to your clients and their family members, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to your clients throughout retirement and giving them reassurance that LV= has their best interests at heart.
If you’d like to know more about our lifetime mortgages, speak to your equity release account manager:
Call: 0800 082 8974
LV= Doctor Services is a confidential service powered by Square Health and medical data will not be shared with LV=. LV= Doctor Services, and the services available through Care Navigator are provided by third party companies. These services are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. LV= Doctor Services and Care Navigator are non-contractual benefits and can be changed or removed at any time.
For UK Financial Advisers only.