The elderly ought to consider a care home before the time comes for them to require one, according to one expert.
Long-term care expert at Saga Alex Edmans said that people need to look into things such as a lasting power of attorney.
She said: "Look around and see if there are some nice care homes, nursing homes that you could be happy in if the situation arose in the future."
Ms Edmans added that rewriting a will could also be a good idea as this would allow people to look after an individual's finances more fairly in tougher times.
According to Older People in the United Kingdom: Key Facts and Figures 2008 released by Age Concern, an estimated 2.5 million older people had some need for care and support in 2006-7.
Within this number, 850,000 older people had high levels of need, comprising around ten per cent of England's population which are over 65.
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