Financial implications of arthritis
A little background, I cared for Dad for 10 years with multiple severe health problems. I mainly did the care but there were several periods when I needed professional carers to help me support dad and over the years Dad used up many thousands of pounds on funding care for himself.
Once probate was sorted I inherited half the family house where I live and a lump sum which would take me over the threshold to qualify for free care or benefits but not enough to buy my property outright.
My health has been declining since Dad passed 3 years ago and I have been keeping things going with lodgers and part time work. This brings me to my question.
I have recently changed job and tried to up my hours and have just finished 2 weeks at work doing over 30 hours a week. This weekend I feel I can barely walk, even my good hip is hurting more than my bad hip which I am due to see consultant about and my knees have forgotten what bending is. I'm already on Naproxen and Cococdamol. GP prescribed extra codeine but this would knock me out for work.
Leading on to the question, if I keep the house and find I have to use up savings for care later on , I won't be able to afford to move. If I look to move in the next couple of years and use my savings towards a smaller affordable place, would the DWP perceive this to be deprivation of capitol?
It seems I'm dammed if I do and dammed if I don't.