Free Personal Care for under 65’s with Dementia

New legislation has been passed that will see the provision of free personal care to under 65's with degenerative conditions. Up until now personal care in Scotland is only free for over 65's who area assessed by their local authority as needing it, but people under 65 were still required to pay for it themselves.

The new legislation will address the discrimination on the under 65's who have conditions such as dementia, Parkinson's, motor neurone disease and cancer and are required to fund their personal care requirements from their own savings.

The new legislation known as "Franks Law" will come into effect in April 2019. Frank's Law is as a result of former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel's widow campaigning for a change in the law after her late husband was diagnosed with vascular dementia at the age of 59. Frank and his wife Amanda had to fund his personal care towards the end of his life and as a consequence Amanda has campaigned since his death in 2013 to highlight what she has called discrimination between those over 65 and those under.

Frank Kopel was a successful footballer back in the 1970's playing for Dundee United and a short spell at Manchester United.

The new law, when it comes into effect, should benefit around 9000 families in Scotland who will receive free personal care regardless of their age. Home Instead provides support and services to individuals regardless of their age or conditions.  

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home