Care homes

When there is discussion about Care Homes the debate seems to centre on choosing the right one and the cost.

It always surprises me that no one seems to question the cost and figures of a thousand pounds per WEEK and above seem to be accepted as 'the normal' going rate.  

I would like to ask providers to justify these figures, why such heavy costs in an industry that would appear to pay a good proportion of their staff at less than top rates of pay.

When I have raised these issues with a few friends, I have been met with some mention of insurance costs being a significant factor.  

A recent experience is where my son-in-law's father has had to go into a home at what seems to me a ridiculous cost.  He has dementia, but his care needs do not appear to be particularly demanding.  My sister also has dementia and has to be supervised taking medication and helped with bathing, but again not particularly demanding.  Benefits reduce her costs, but the non-benefit costs would be high.  I cannot see where costs in the thousand pound a week bracket can be justified.

If the insurance costs are the culprit, could the Government not provide insurance cover with sensible safeguards against excessive liabilities.

I can see there may be cases where care is costly because of the extensive needs of  an individual, but  in my view there could be a significant number of cases where care costs are  well in excess of the level of care provided.

Perhaps a 'housing association type care  provision ' could  provide value for money.  In my view people would be prepared to consider paying for care at a figure that equated to renting a flat or house, rather than having to be stripped of the equity in their house.

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Mr Tyler's picture

It highlights what maybe in store for ourselves, having recently gone through finding a suitable care home for my mother it's a reminder that we have all may this to come and it becomes somewhat frightening of what the future may hold.

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Sharon Thompson's picture

it is a frighting thought that we may have to go down that road at some point 

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Judith Miller's picture

RW86 makes valid comments. The excessive costs ensure private companies make huge profits.

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Sharon Thompson's picture

i  don’t think care homes should be privately run they should be run in conjunction with the NHS

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Judith Miller's picture

I totally agree with you Sharon, in conjunction with the NHS and local authorities.

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Sharon Thompson's picture

the care homes should tie in with the national insurance that we pay into so that when we get to a age we’re we will need to go to a care home you can without having to think of cost

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