A further convenient resource for later life advice

I am pleased to be able to introduce you to Podplan Membership; a comprehensive resource for anyone helping their elderly parents.


According to the Office for National Statistics in their Labour Market Projections, 3 in 5 people are expected to face an elder care responsibility at some stage in their lives. The ‘care burden’ is highest between the ages of 50 and 64 years. Informal care providers are hugely important to the economy and society. Yet being a carer can come at great personal cost.

Perhaps you are part of the ‘sandwich generation’ – people who care for ageing parents, needy adult children and lively grandchildren. Or you may be finding yourself gradually taking on more and more responsibility for your parents – helping with the garden, doing the shopping? Over time this help can become more intensive, so much so that your own interests like your job, family, friends, and maintaining a social life begin to be overlooked. Before it all becomes too overwhelming or there’s a health crisis, you should take some time to learn about what support is available, where to find it and how much it will cost. A little knowledge can make a huge difference to your ability to confidently manage the years ahead.


When you start investigating later life resources, you soon find that there are many sources of information on hundreds of topics to do with aged care, so that it’s often confusing and difficult to see when information applies to you. You can become bogged down in statistics, government regulations, local authority services, choices in housing, assistive devices, availability of benefits, costs and charges. It suddenly becomes a lot more complicated and worrying.

The team at Podplan has done all the research so you don’t have to. They help you to learn essential information, offer you a quick route to finding helpful resources and offer personal support if you have questions.

Membership usually costs £10 a month plus a one-off joining fee of £199. Use this link and the code THIRTY at the checkout to reduce the joining fee to £139 (saving £60).

If you want to release the worry about not being prepared for care responsibilities, and the anxiety about making the wrong decisions, then a Podplan membership could be just the solution for you.

About Clive Barwell

Clive Barwell is one of the most experienced and qualified financial planners working in the later life market today, he specialises in advice and guidance for the over 55s. To ask Clive a question, please email him at info@clivebarwell.co.uk. Alternatively, you can follow Clive on Twitter, connect with Clive on LinkedIn or see Clive's profile on Google+.