Hi Canary,Hello @ Bizzle and welcome to DTP.
Im glad you have found care that suits your mother
I noticed the bit that I have put into bold.
Yes, you can purchase care over and above the ammount that Social Services will fund and you can certainly use Local Authority funding towards live in care, but unless there are very exceptional circumstances (which I expect will become more and more rare as the Local Authority has less funding) Social Services will not fully fund 24 hr live-in care.
I have not suggested that my mother has to pay nothing. Of course there is always a means test and a persons contribution calculated which then has to be paid each month. I’m guessing the same goes for care homes. The LA in mum’s case have an upper limit they would allow for a care home and basically applied that to an allowance towards live in care.
The cost of the live in care provided was somewhat more expensive than a care home but the care needs assessor was then able to go to her manager to request the extra funds based on her assessment of what at this time was best for my mum. Basically social services have a duty of care and the assessor was in agreement with us that sending my mum to a care home would be detrimental to her mental and general well being. It’s great that at least some LA’s are following the principles of “duty of care” and doing the right thing while according to many on various forums they are giving a blanket, “we don’t fund live in care”.
Just trying to get it out there that if people really feel that live in care has worked and is for the time being what is best they should try and fight their corner on the LA’s obligations regarding “duty of care”. If my local authority had bluntly said “we don’t do that” there is no way I would have accepted that lying down, I would have followed the appeals process until it was fully exhausted.
Under the current situation my mum is currently paying around 25% of costs from her pension and attendance allowance etc. Included in the cost are 3 days cover with another carer who covers live in carers daily 2 hour breaks while I have to contribute 4 days cover towards cost which is better than the 7 days I had to cover when mum was funding privately. Mum also does not have to provide the carer with £40 pw food allowance now we are with the local authority.