Elderly people in Lancashire confused by the options of care are seeking guidance in more numbers than ever before as they reach retirement, according to a leading Lancashire care group.

The plight for many of those facing retirement comes as research shows that one in seven people will retire with no pension other than the basic state pension.

Now the Caring Hands Group – with a network of offices across the North West including Preston and Lytham – highlights how advice and guidance is the key to many people’s issues as they face retirement.

Greg Bamber, chairman of Caring Hands, said: “We are seeing increasing numbers of people approaching this time who are confused and daunted by the options facing them.

“The relatives of elderly people are also often confused and then realise there are options for their loved ones which make sense for the short and longer term, with a care package enabling them to stay in their own homes longer with some support.

“Everyone’s circumstances are different, and this is a time which is usually very difficult in terms of choice and decision-making.”

According to recent research by Prudential, women are three times more likely than men to have no savings for retirement, and many people over-estimate how much they will receive from the basic state pension and will live their lives in retirement in poverty.

In Lancashire, there are 198,000 people over the age of 65, who account for 18 percent of the county’s population living in the 12 local authority districts.

The Caring Hands group, with offices in Preston, Lytham and Penwortham, provides the full range of domiciliary services across the North West including personal care, respite care, night care, live-in care and holiday care plus the option of a dedicated dementia service.

For a consultation with Caring Hands Group’s retirement planning expert, contact Ian Corcoran via e-mail at ian@caringhandsgroup.com or tel 01772 747386.