Q5. Why are care home fees so expensive?

A5. This is due to the fact that they provide 24 hour personal care, and in some cases, nursing care as well. Plus there is the cost of accommodation, provision of meals, laundry and social activities. Every resident is an individual with individual needs which can include special diets, minor medical needs etc and this have to be taken into account. Many care homes arrange for visits from a hairdresser and/or a physiotherapist. They may also have a visiting GP or other healthcare professional. They may arrange trips out for the residents or concerts, bingo, card evenings etc.

FAQS Index : A guide to Elderly Care

FAQs Intro

  1. Is there more than one type of care home?
  2. Which type of care home is right for me?
  3. My mother has Alzheimer’s disease and requires care; how do I go about arranging this?
  4. How much does a care home cost?
  5. Why are care home fees so expensive?
  6. Will I have to pay for all of my care home fees?
  7. Will I have to sell my house to pay for my nursing home fees?
  8. Can I get help towards the cost of my care?
  1. What is a ‘needs assessment?’
  2. I am not happy with the standard of care at my father’s care home; how do I make a complaint?
  3. Are there alternatives to a care home?
  4. How do I go about arranging help at home for my parents?
  5. I want to stay in my own home but am finding it difficult to manage: can I get any help with this?
  6. What is ‘sheltered accommodation'?
  7. What is ‘assisted living?’

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