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.
I was finding it extremely hard 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. Chosen With Care worked for a month contacting homes, explaining the problems, visiting the homes and arranging assessments, eventually finding somewhere to take him. Debbie has always been available to help and support, and I feel I have a friend who really cares about me and my husband.