As independent care home finders we have very frank conversations with the care homes.
We will discuss in detail the needs of clients in order to work out whether the care home can cope with them, not only physically but emotionally. This might sound a bit 'airy fairy', but if we have an elderly lady who is frail and timid, we do not want to suggest a care home to her family where the staff are too robust. We also want to ensure that the activity levels and noise levels of the home work well with the potential resident.
So it shouldn't surprise you, given the level of detail we go in to with a care home, that we also discuss the care homes fees. If we are able to negotiate with the care home to reduce the fees for our clients - then that is what we will do. We always ask whether there is any room for movement on the fees. It might only be £50 per week, but that adds up to £200 per month and £2,400 per annum. Not to be sniffed at!
Please do get in touch if you are looking for a care home and want to find not only the best care home, but also the best price too.
My wife Doreen is disabled and has Alzheimer's. If that were not enough, she recently fell and broke her arm! At that moment my life changed, as I was no longer able to continue caring for her.
A friend suggested that I talk to Debbie. We arranged a meeting at which she advised that I should have a plan for the future; we first agreed that the plan should be to get Doreen back home. Debbie recommend that I get Doreen out of hospital as soon as possible and into a care home for respite, advising me what to look for when selecting the home (vital). We further went into any requirements our own home might need to enable Doreen's safe return. Once home, Home Care will be needed, and Debbie again had all the contacts to provide this to meet my needs.
I will not go into other offerings on her menu - needless to say she has all the answers and was able to lift the burden from my shoulders at a very stressful time. A very big thank you Debbie as our plan is beginning to take shape.