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Working women in cash fears on care for elderly

Eighty-three per cent of working women are concerned about funding

care for the elderly, according to a survey by Bupa and magazine Top Sante.

The Women and Work Survey 2001 of 5,000 working women also found that almost all working women do not think there is enough information available regarding options for elderly care.

The survey says there are seven million informal carers in the UK and that many older people find it difficult to cope and rely on friends and relatives to look after them. Of the working women surveyed, 75 per cent of those caring for an elderly relative say they find it stressful.

Bupa says it is comm-itted to easing concerns on caring for the elderly and recently introduced a panel of 110 IFAs specialising in advising on and selling long-term care insurance.

The service aims to ensure impartial and professional advice reaches those who might need to fund LTC.

Bupa managing direc- tor of Bupa Health Assurance Geoff Brown says: “IFAs have a responsib- ility to ensure that people have access to accurate and informative material on the various long-term care options available.”

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