The Prince of Wales Nursing Home is an approved care provider to both Solihull and Birmingham City Councils. The level of fees the councils are prepared to pay private sector homes takes into account their high multiple purchasing influences and also, what they feel able to approve. The Prince of Wales Nursing Home are mindful and responsible in our entitlement to receive a fair level of fees, which reflects the true cost of the care being provided, this being a vital factor in our ability to sustain our provision of good quality care.
Government Financial Contribution
The level of benefits, contributions and fees will differ depending on each resident’s financial circumstances and care needs. However, each of our residents will receive the delivery of care appropriate to their identified care needs.
Many people who require full-time care, such as that provided by the Home, are entitled to financial contributions provided by the government. These contributions come under various financial assistance arrangements such as:
- the DSS for Attendance Allowance related to disability or age.
- the NHS towards the cost of Nursing Care, or the full cost of care if Continuing Healthcare funding is agreed.
- the Local Authority towards the cost of personal care, board & lodging.
The level of financial assistance towards personal care, board & lodging will differ depending on each resident’s financial circumstances and care needs. However, it should be emphasised that each resident will receive the appropriate level and quality of care in accordance with their care assessment requirements irrespective of the source and level of funding.
All residents receiving nursing care will be entitled to the Registered Nursing Care Contribution towards the full nursing care fee.
For the provision of basic Nursing Care in the Prince of Wales Nursing Home, the current contribution available towards fees paid by the NHS is £113.70 per week.
All care needs will be assessed on an individual basis, and fees will be based on the level of need. Fees may be subject to increase should a care need reassessment show that the individual resident’s level of need has increased.
All fees are invoiced based on a month’s period and are to be made payable in advance.
Fee levels are subject to an increase from 1st April each year and such increases properly takes into account the Home’s overall running costs.
All fees are calculated on a 7-day week basis and invoiced monthly.
However, the amount of the weekly fees that has to be paid directly by the resident will depend upon their financial means and this is determined by the government’s system of financial assessment of an elderly person in care.
The charity organisation ‘Care Aware’ specialises in providing free advice for older people, by dealing with questions on how the governments system for assisted care funding works as relates to the financial assessment of an elderly person in care. Their helpline, which we understand is charged at normal BT rates, is 0161 707 1107.
Fees are preferably payable by Standing Order, but payment orders or cash is acceptable where Standing Order is not possible.