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All independent care homes charge a fee for residential or nursing care. In many cases this fee is paid either in full, or in part, by a resident’s local authority or by the NHS. Even if you are a private fee paying resident, it may be possible to get financial support for your fees.
The funding arrangements for care home fees are different across England, Scotland and Wales. To find out if you are eligible for help with care fees you should contact your Council’s Social Services team, who will help you to complete a financial assessment. If you have any concerns about how you have been treated by Social Services or disagree with any decisions they make, there are a number of independent organisations who can provide help and advice, including;
- Citizens Advice Bureau (visit their website at www.citizensadvice.org.uk to find your nearest branch)
- Counsel & Care – the national independent charity supporting older people, their families and carers. Counsel and Care provides a range of very helpful guides on care fees and your rights, available from their website at www.counselandcare.org.uk
Receiving financial support from Social Services need not affect your decision on which Care Home you would like to choose. If the support does not cover all the costs you can choose to pay the difference.
In very broad terms, if you live in England, require residential care and have capital assets and savings of less than £14,250, you will not be required to use any of these savings to pay for your care. However, you will be required to contribute all of your weekly income barring £22.60.
If your savings and capital are worth between £14,250 and £23,250, your Council will pay part of your fees and you will be required to make a contribution equivalent to £1 for every £250 between £14,250 and £23,250 you hold in savings. Again, you will be required to contribute a significant proportion of your income too.
If your savings and capital exceed £23,250, you will be expected to pay all of the fees until your money reduces to this limit.
However, there are many other criteria that can be taken into account when making fee contribution decisions. We strongly recommend that you seek independent advice on your individual circumstances.
At Caring Homes we pride ourselves on offering a higher standard of care. Here are just a few of the factors that set us apart:
- We are a family owned business, founded and run by mother and son team Helena and Paul Jeffery, so we understand the importance of looking after people.
- Caring Homes was described as the “Care Operator that Does what it says on the tin – It Cares!” by Caring Business Magazine.
- We make sure that all of our Home Managers have Registered Nurse qualifications, so that they can deliver the best possible care.
- Unlike other homes, we have dedicated activities coordinators who are on hand to provide meaningful activities, and allow our staff to concentrate on caring.
- To make sure we are customer focused Caring Homes is accredited by the Institute for Hospitality, a professional body that is synonymous with the hotel industry.
- Our links with globally renowned universities allow us to offer truly specialist dementia care, tailoring our services with specially designed buildings and activities to meet all the needs of age related mental illness.
- Caring Homes has been accredited by the International Standard ISO9001:2000 to help us maintain the highest possible standards.
- Caring Homes CEO Paul Jeffery was listed in the Top 50 Most Influential People in Social Care Magazine and awarded the Care Entrepreneur of the Year at the National Care Awards.
- Our founder Helena Jeffery was awarded the Dame Vera Lynn ‘Lifetime Achievement in Care’ accolade.
- All of our homes have established relationships with local general practitioners, chiropodists, opticians and pharmacies to ensure that the professional nursing and healthcare team are supported to deliver continuity in every aspect of the care we provide.
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