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CHAPTER 6


As well as free prescriptions and sight tests, many pensioners don’t realise that this automatically qualifies them for help towards NHS health costs. They can get free NHS dental treatment and a voucher towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses as well as help with travel costs to receive NHS treatment if referred by a doctor or dentist.


If your home is worth a lot of money but you’re struggling to make ends meet, you could, of course, consider downsizing to free up some cash. However, if circumstances still seem daunting, there are charities and organisations that can offer advice:


The local branch of the Citizens Advice Bureau (www.citizens advice.org.uk) can help you to understand your entitlements; and for legal advice on your financial situation go to www.solicitorsfortheelderly.com. Age UK provides fact sheets and free help (0800 169 6565, www.ageuk.org.uk); and residents who are considering living in a McCarthy & Stone apartment can arrange a free and confidential review of benefits they are entitled to by contacting its benefits advice team on Freephone 0800 027 2445.


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