Must admit I felt the same when reading the report. I seems care home fees have already doubled for us! If they double again it is terrifying. There seems to be a massive difference between nursing home fees and residential/EMI. Both homes are based in south london but it wasn't much different in dorset. Fees for all nursing homes in area (and there are only a few) are £900 plus. Residential £650 plus. I dread the April increases although I try not to let it get me angry.my mothers home already nudges towards the 200k mark for four years
As the report said the savings get drained, the house gets sold and then you hope that the local authority will pick things up when all the money runs out (ok they missed that scary bit out).How can people possibly manage???
Social Services were going to look into seeing if the council could fund the care and we pay them to take advantage of their preferential rates (and let's face it consumer power) so here's hoping.
It is well known that self funders contribute towards social service beds. In Essex if you are self funding you are totally on your own, they do not want to know and will not assist in any way shape or form.
A social service bed in my mums home was £450.00, the same room for a self funder was £600.00. I paid an extra £50.00 per week for a larger room so I could stay with her when she needed me so it cost £650.00.
I mentioned the difference in charges to the company director who said 'Louise, if you and your mates want to block book 30 beds for your elderly frail relatives then I will do a deal with you for £450.00 per week per room per person'. I said to him bl**dy hell you are making it sound like a Kuoni holiday. He failed to see the funny side. He said that Essex County Council had not given him a rate increase for 4 years and that he was struggling. Ahh poor man, his boss gave himself a 6mil dividend last year.
The trouble is that when we get to the stage of having to put our loved one into care we are desperate and have reached the very end of our tether. I know with my mum I was so desperate I would of signed any contract at any price.
If Tesco were to act in this way then there would be a public outcry. I know that there are certain rules and regulations regarding rental increases but I'm unsure if they relate to care homes.
I was under the impression (Hazel can speak to this) that in Scotland, if you want to receive the personal care allowance or whatever it's called, the only way to ensure that that happens is if the contract is with the LA, and then you pay the LA. Isn't that what that recent court case was about, or have I misremembered?
One authority did! However for Mum's care there are actually two separate contracts for the care. One for the nrusing element from the LA and the other for Mum. So they do contract for her care!!!I was under the impression (Hazel can speak to this) that in Scotland, if you want to receive the personal care allowance or whatever it's called, the only way to ensure that that happens is if the contract is with the LA, and then you pay the LA. Isn't that what that recent court case was about, or have I misremembered?
Hi LouiseThe funding for Scotland seems quite complicated. I thought that you did not have to pay for personal care provided that it was arranged via the local authority? My father in law has AD caused by years of working in the petro-chemical industry and he wants to move to Scotland. Am I right in thinking that you do not have a 'choice' of home but have to live where the local authority have a contract? Could someone please clarify this for me.
quite simply, sorry but no.Can we have a 'Name and Shame' section to this forum please?