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.
"Thanks very much for your help Debbie. I have actually passed your details on to a relative of a close friend of mine who lives in in the west country but has a recently widowed mother with Alzheimer's living in Kent. The daughter has a demanding job, a husband and teenage children so I thought she might benefit from the services you are able to provide. Jill from Tonbridge".