The Cost of Care
IT’S TIME TO TALK CHARGES
By now, you’ve probably realised how it’s uncommon to find a care home which will openly advertise its prices. There’s nothing underhand here. As an industry, it’s just the way things have always been done.
However, at Briarlea…we’re a little different. We know that when you’re looking for care, a home’s quality will always be your first criterion.
However, we also know that your budget will play into your decision. So, if you’re looking for any hint on charges…but can’t find what you’re looking for – you begin to feel frustrated.
At Briarlea, we appreciate that. We’d hate for you to fall in love with our home (which most people do), only to find that the care fees are prohibitive.
We therefore want to be upfront from the beginning about how much you can expect to pay.
Frequently ASKED QUESTIONS
So how much does care cost at Briarlea?
In care homes across the UK, fees will vary significantly. They start in general at around £600 per week. For the very deluxe homes, or for those requiring highly complex care, fees can rise to £2000 per week.
At Briarlea, our prices range from £745 to £995 per week. Most of our residents will pay via a bank transfer every month.
This means we are not the cheapest home on the market. Instead, our prices seek to reflect the facilities on offer, our ongoing commitment to staff training and the work we do to encourage and maintain residents’ individuality, love of life and welfare.
Why do we price as we do?
As Briarlea is an intimate-sized home, we don’t have glitzy facilities such as cinema rooms, swimming pools or coffee shops on site. Some of our competitors have these luxuries, which allows them to charge higher fees.
For this reason, our prices are a little lower. However, we have got a great reputation. Our service has been rated ‘good’ by the care regulator CQC twice in a row. We know we provide quality care and so we charge for this fairly.
Our care fees reflect the true costs involved in having the right care team, who are well trained and manned, to properly care for you or your loved one.
For more detail about where we excel, delve into our latest CQC report and see for yourself.
What affects the charges I pay?
Like the majority of care homes in the country, we don’t have a fixed, single care fee that everyone pays. The price that we charge you is bespoke. It takes into account a number of factors which are personal to your care. These can include:
The size of your room: At Briarlea, each of our rooms is individual. Some are warm and cosy, whereas others are grander in scale – with high ceilings and ornate chandeliers.All our rooms come with ensuite facilities.
However, some rooms (such as in our new wing) have also been fitted with the latest walk-in showers. These are designed to better aid our residents’ mobility. As you might expect, each room comes with its own price. And the room you choose will feed into our final calculation of your fees.
Your care needs: Perhaps the largest factor that will influence your care fees, is the level of support you need.
Many people at Briarlea remain fairly independent. For these individuals, our care team provide more of a hotel service: cooking, cleaning and doing their laundry. Taking away the household graft, so they can enjoy their retirement.
However, others may have complex needs – like Dementia, or Parkinson’s. For these residents, our care team might have to offer them more support with day-to-day activities.This is absolutely no problem for us. We’re carers after all; it’s what we do!
We want to give you the very best, bespoke support that you deserve – and in a safe environment. But to do this, we will need to ensure that we have enough staff on hand to help. When quoting your care fees, we will therefore factor in the potential costs involved to support you properly. As we will never compromise on the quality of our care.
State Support: If you have assets of under £23,000, you may be eligible for the government to pay some or all of your care fees. If you think this might apply to you, we encourage you to reach out to your local authority. You will need to undergo a means test to assess how much you could contribute to your fees.
Once this is settled, your local authority will assign you a social worker. They will call round a selection of homes to find out which can cater to your needs.
Whilst you can certainly flag in advance where you would prefer to be placed, it’s important to note that the local authority will decide which are the final care homes that are offered to you.
What if I’m a private fee payer and I run out of money?
If you’re beginning to run out of money, first of all…do not panic. You may have heard scare stories of larger homes who have asked residents to leave when they can no longer afford to pay. This is not something we would ever contemplate at Briarlea.
Instead, we will do everything we can to keep you here. Providing that it remains safe for us to continue meeting your needs. Several months before you envisage running out of funds, come and see us. We’ll then sit down with you and your local authority, to discuss what help is available. This often involves the state topping up or paying for the majority of your fees.
Has this helped?
We hope so. But we appreciate that getting to grips with figures can always be tricky.
If you think Briarlea might be the right home for you, and would like more information on our care costs, please give us a call. We’d be more than happy to crunch some numbers with you.
And if you’re after some more resources before you make your decision, we recommend checking out Age UK. The charity’s website is packed full of helpful information about the costs of elderly care.
Most people fall in love with Briarlea straight away. But for some, Briarlea won’t be right for them. And that’s absolutely fine. It’s important that you pick a care home you’re happy with.
But if you’re after top quality care, friendly staff, cosy rooms and lots of laughs, why not pay us a visit. We’d love to show you what we have to offer. To arrange a visit, contact our dedicated care home manager, Jo.