Amanda Kopel and her late husband, Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel, discovered the horror of the burden of care charges for many vulnerable people and their families when Frank was diagnosed with early onset dementia.
Amanda recently spoke about the difficulties her family faced to meet the cost of the care charges on top of all the other challenges they faced as she addressed her fellow campaigners at the recent LDAS AGM.
Frank sadly passed away before he reached 65, the age at which his personal care would have become free. Since then Amanda has continued to campaign in her husband’s name to bring an end to this unfair cost that targets so many vulnerable people.
The Scottish Government has agreed to adopt ‘Frank’s Law’ and extend free personal care to people under 65 from April 2019.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said the implementation of the changes will help 9000 families across Scotland.
The Scottish Government also acknowledged the role Amanda Kopel has played in campaigning for Frank’s Law and bringing the issue of unfair personal care charges to light.
The adoption of Frank’s Law in Scotland has been roundly welcomed by individuals and organisations affected by care charges but there is still many outstanding questions on what Frank’s Law will cover.