1st May 2015

A step by step guide to finding the best care home - Part 4

Costs and legal points.

1. What are the fees per week?
2. What are considered extras?
3. What is the availability of the rooms and is there a waiting list?
4. The home must produce a brochure setting out it’s aims and objectives and the facilities offered, plus the terms and conditions of residents contracts of occupancy. Make sure the reality matches the brochure.
5. Before signing any agreement, ensure you have read the contract and speak to your solicitor or financial advisor.

Before you leave, having made notes and taken photos write down your overall impression and score the home out of 10, it will help you make your final decision.

Debbie Harris was introduced to me by my Solicitor. At that time I was finding it extremely hard trying to find a care home to take my husband who had very challenging behavioural problems and had been asked to leave his existing care home. Debbie worked for a month contacting homes, explaining the problems to them and where they thought they might be able to help, visiting the homes and arranging assessments. She eventually found somewhere willing to take him. She has always been at the end of the phone or on Email to help and support me and I feel I have a friend who really cares about me and my husband. I can't thank her enough.