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So, this is what it's come to...

 

An elderly couple married for 67 years face separation as the council refuses to fund their care home fees, which are £8,000 a month.

 

They have already sold their £156,000 house and used all their savings to pay for the care home which costs £975 per week for Mrs Springett, 86, who suffers from Alzheimer's, and £925 per week for 91 year old Mr Springett who is more able to look after himself but still needs help with some basic tasks and suffers from arthritis and needs a walking frame.

 

Solihull council is prepared to pay £500 towards Mrs Springett's fees but the family will have to pay a top up fee of £475 a week. However the council will not pay for Mr Springett who they say can live alone in a flat with carers coming in.

 

I'm not blaming the council so much as the care home. On what planet should care cost getting on for £8,000 a month? Ridiculous. When my Gran was in a very comfortable care home in the 1970s it was run by the Council, and was free at the point of use.

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Have a look at how the owners of care homes live....

 

I suspect Someone, somewhere, is getting very rich out of all this...

Edited by Anna B

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Link to the Source please or it didn't happen.

 

Just type "Springett care home" into Google and read any of the first half dozen links; it's really not that hard to find out, though there may be a different number of links by the time you read this.

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I'm not blaming the council so much as the care home. On what planet should care cost getting on for £8,000 a month? Ridiculous. When my Gran was in a very comfortable care home in the 1970s it was run by the Council, and was free at the point of use.

 

Both you and the council think £8,000 per month is too much money, yet you think the council should contribute towards the costs?

 

Its a similar situation with housing benefit, there is a rate which the council will pay, but it won't pay for people on benefits to live in a mansion.

 

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As the difficulty in recruiting the carers, this problem will probably get worse. Currently the care job vacancies in England stands at 110,000.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45593814

 

How much are they paying, £15 per hour and I would think about moving.

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I suspect Someone, somewhere, is getting very rich out of all this...

 

You've said this before, several years ago care home fees were extortionate.

And then it was demonstrated over a number of months how care homes were going bankrupt and closing because they couldn't actually afford to stay open!

 

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As the difficulty in recruiting the carers, this problem will probably get worse. Currently the care job vacancies in England stands at 110,000.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45593814

 

Carers are typically paid minimum wage aren't they. So £8000 a month is not just covering the pay of 2 or 4 carers...

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Figures suggest that the fees at this care home are nearly double the national average.

 

The reported council offered contribution in this case appears to be around the national average.

 

Should this couple be looking at cheaper alternatives?

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Both you and the council think £8,000 per month is too much money, yet you think the council should contribute towards the costs?

 

Its a similar situation with housing benefit, there is a rate which the council will pay, but it won't pay for people on benefits to live in a mansion.

 

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How much are they paying, £15 per hour and I would think about moving.

As I said in my original post, the fault lies not with the council but with the care home - or rather with the rip off merchants behind them that forces them to charge this sort of fee.

 

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Figures suggest that the fees at this care home are nearly double the national average.

 

The reported council offered contribution in this case appears to be around the national average.

 

Should this couple be looking at cheaper alternatives?

 

There may be reasons why this care home is used: maybe a cheaper alternative is not available, all other places are full ,(cheaper places fill up fast) or won't take dementia cases (a lot don't,) or it has to be close to the family, or has a special facility. It's not always straight forward.

 

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You've said this before, several years ago care home fees were extortionate.

And then it was demonstrated over a number of months how care homes were going bankrupt and closing because they couldn't actually afford to stay open!

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The problem lies higher up the chain, a problem with the financial arrangement these homes operate under- similar to PFI.

 

Care in care homes is not even that good in some cases. Nothing justifies this charge of £8,000 a month. Nothing.

IMO we need to get back to Council run care homes, not run for profit.

Edited by Anna B

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As I said in my original post, the fault lies not with the council but with the care home - or rather with the rip off merchants behind them that forces them to charge this sort of fee.

 

The home is owned by a charitable housing association - Methodist Homes - so is highly unlikely to be making a vast profit - certainly no vast sums going into the pockets of owners / shareholders.

 

24/7 nursing care never comes cheap.

 

https://www.mha.org.uk/care-homes/nursing-care/cedar-lodge/

 

I would imagine the land cost a pretty penny in that part of the world.

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