Ok, this sitation is mum is in crisis/respite which ends next week. The local council paid for four weeks and it's now over 3 weeks.
The social worker came out and assessed mum's needs, en-suite (she has a digestive disorder). The reason mum ended up in care is she loves the outdoors and when bored walks. She was a long distance walker. To her at 77 walking 5 to 10 miles is literally a walk in the park.
The assessor agreed mum needs somewhere with outdoor space, large enough to stimulate her eg activities. Also she's very independent, it's literally the current/short term memory due to Alzheimers that brought the situation to a head.
They use a bidding system in Cardiff, five companies came back with their bid offer. Three of which have a similar price bracket, the two others, are very confined and small without bathrooms and shared rooms.
The social worker agreed the two smaller care homes are not suitable as they do not meet mum's needs.
They are in negotiation with the team (social services) as generally they go to the lowest bidder.
This leaves three - one of which does not have a bathroom. Leaves two - both same price. Price is £500 a week more than the cheapest quote for a care home that is not suitable. We as a family have been asked to pay this, I explained I'm on benefits and the family cannot afford this amount.
Has anyone experienced this? Is there a way to take the matter further eg solicitor intervention? Calls are going back 'n fore at the moment. As an outcome must be made today as we have the weekend and next week she needs to move to a new permanent care home.