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Respite care home availability

Agzy

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Nov 16, 2016
1,284
Moreton, Wirral. UK.
When this Covid19 virus is all sorted and presuming we survive it and still have a society to return to I, like I imagine many others, really fancy getting away somewhere, probably in my Motorhome. Given that OH needs 24/7 care availability which cannot be done at home I am wandering about respite care home for a week or so. I presume there are places that do it but dont know what is the criteria or possible costs of arranging it and now is not a time to contact carehomes. So, any advice and guidance would be welcome from one and all. Thank you
 

canary

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Feb 25, 2014
12,251
South coast
In my area it depends whether you are self-funding or not. If you need LA funding, then you would have to go through a SW, but when OH went into respite last year I organised it all myself.
 

Agzy

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Nov 16, 2016
1,284
Moreton, Wirral. UK.
In my area(NI) we work through our Social Worker for this.

In the hope that it helps you, here's a link to the AS Factsheet about this
Replacement care (respite care) in England (462)
PDF printable version
Thank you @karaokePete that was helpful and think that assessment might show self funding for her but given any “surplus” savings she has will go on or towards care in the long term I wlll check with the care homes we have short listed as suitable for the long term, thanks again.
 

jenniferjean

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Apr 2, 2016
741
Basingstoke, Hampshire
I presume there are places that do it but dont know what is the criteria or possible costs of arranging it and now is not a time to contact carehomes. So, any advice and guidance would be welcome from one and all. Thank you
I was making enquiries just prior to the virus starting. I hadn't booked anywhere but had contacted two care homes regarding costs as we would be self funding. The prices for a week that I was given were £1450 and £1500. I was told that covered everything.
 

Agzy

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Nov 16, 2016
1,284
Moreton, Wirral. UK.
I was making enquiries just prior to the virus starting. I hadn't booked anywhere but had contacted two care homes regarding costs as we would be self funding. The prices for a week that I was given were £1450 and £1500. I was told that covered everything.
Wow, a bit above my pay grade I fear and was hoping for something in the region of £800 - £900 to be honest but at least I know now that I can organise it if I want to without going through the rigmarole of SS, thank you
 

Grannie G

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Apr 3, 2006
71,142
Kent
@Agzy Care home prices are variable according to where you live and your wife`s needs.

Don`t give up hope. Once this is over, you will be able to shop around. My husband was in a care home which was less expensive than many of the purpose built homes in my area. It wasn`t as smart but the care was excellent and he was very well looked after.

Our first experience of this home was for respite care. When I arrived to take him home after a weeks` stay he was sitting peacefully by the fire looking as comfortable and as at home as I could have wished for.
 

Agzy

Registered User
Nov 16, 2016
1,284
Moreton, Wirral. UK.
@Agzy Care home prices are variable according to where you live and your wife`s needs.

Don`t give up hope. Once this is over, you will be able to shop around. My husband was in a care home which was less expensive than many of the purpose built homes in my area. It wasn`t as smart but the care was excellent and he was very well looked after.

Our first experience of this home was for respite care. When I arrived to take him home after a weeks` stay he was sitting peacefully by the fire looking as comfortable and as at home as I could have wished for.
Now that sounds like Paulines kind of place, thank you
 

Sarasa

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Apr 13, 2018
1,239
My mum was self funding so I organised respite off my own bat, though even as I did it I knew it would be a permanent move. Going for permanent care made the fees slightly cheaper, but even so it north of what @jenniferjean quoted. Other places I looked at quoted very similar prices, but then I do live in a 'posh' part of London. Elsewhere you may well find places at a more reasonable cost.
It might be worth involving social services in that they ought to have a good overview of what is available and give you some recommendations, but it isn't essential.
 

Sirena

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Feb 27, 2018
2,211
My mother's care home room (permanent placement) is £840 a week. That's in the south east. Her CH also does respite care, which may be slightly more expensive - I think respite is charged at a slightly higher rate than a permanent placement.
 

White Rose

Registered User
Nov 4, 2018
558
Fantastic asset @White Rose , Ididnt know there were that many so close to me, thank you so much. Now to start a list!
Surprising how many there are but they don't all provide dementia care, you can filter for dementia. Also good that you can see reviews and ratings for each one.
 

canary

Registered User
Feb 25, 2014
12,251
South coast
You will also need to check up that they can deal with the more advanced stages of dementia. Many of the homes that say that they accept (or even specialise in) dementia only want the early, easy stages of dementia. You dont want to move her somewhere, only for them to decide a couple of months later that they cant cope with her and say you have to find somewhere else.
 

Agzy

Registered User
Nov 16, 2016
1,284
Moreton, Wirral. UK.
You will also need to check up that they can deal with the more advanced stages of dementia. Many of the homes that say that they accept (or even specialise in) dementia only want the early, easy stages of dementia. You dont want to move her somewhere, only for them to decide a couple of months later that they cant cope with her and say you have to find somewhere else.
Good advice, thank you yet again.
 

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