Helping to reduce the stress
Choosing a care home for a family member or a friend is often emotionally fraught and financially complex. The need to select a care home for most of us comes at a time of crisis, often following a fall or sudden hospitalisation of a loved one. Rapid decision-making is required, adding to the stress of choosing the right home.
The choice of care depends on circumstances, health status, fragility and ability of the person for who care is being sought, and must be considered thoroughly. For example, a person with dementia or early Alzheimer’s will need specialist care to manage their condition. On the other hand, a person who feels isolated and lonely at home, and now needs full-time care due to a fall or other sudden health crisis, may seek this in the company of other like-minded residents. A care home, which offers facilities for Alzheimer’s residents, may not necessarily be the ideal choice for someone not suffering from the condition, as day-to-day interactions can be stressful. Nicki, the House manager, would be more than happy to discuss this further.
Care home provision in the UK typically falls into one of two categories: private or State-funded care. On occasion it can be a mixture of the two, whereby the State provides some funding. Everyone is entitled to a financial assessment, whether care is going to be State funded or paid for privately.
Private funders will find it particularly useful to have an assessment of needs if there is a chance that their financial resources might reduce to the level where they would be seeking funding from the council in the future.
The basic principle for the provision of community care is set out in the Government’s ‘White Paper’ On Care and Support. I t states that anyone who needs health or social care because of problems associated with old age; mental illness or learning, physical or sensory disabilities should be able to obtain care services and support, tailored to their individual needs whether at home or in residential accommodation.
St Barnabas is a private care home and a registered charity and operates as a not-for-profit organization. We are able to offer our care packages at cost, which means that the essential running costs of the home (including basic staff salaries, administration, and care home resources) are met by the fees paid by each resident, but no profit is made by the charity.
As a charitable trust and a not-for-profit organisation, St Barnabas depends on legacies left by people in their wills, or by donations from Friends of St Barnabas, or by other kind, thoughtful people, to provide services above and beyond those of other care homes. Such services might include the provision of higher-than-usual staffing levels and highly personalised care; supplementary equipment can occasionally be acquired and added-value services provided; in some instances the charity is able to co-fund a resident should they find themselves in financial difficulties.
The House is supported by 27 Friends of St Barnabas who give through annual donations. Without these donations, St Barnabas could not be as generous in its provision of value-added services or financial support for individuals in the future. Please consider us if ever you are thinking of leaving a legacy or making a donation.
Residential fees may vary depending on the size and type of bedroom available; we have a range of rooms, with the cost of each fairly based on the size, outlook and facilities (e.g. en suite). Choice of bedroom by individual resident is often dependent on availability at that time, but should a more desirable room become available during a resident’s stay, a move can be arranged.
Day care fees are charged on a per day-rate, providing care support from 10am-4pm from Mon-Fri, with lunch included. Other care needs may be offered, such as taking a bath or supervising medication.