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harry hayes

Do you qualify for a care home?

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As an oldie, went to see the doctor to find out if I qualify.

He asked me to answer a question. If he filled a bath with water and laid alongside it an egg cup; a pint glass; and a bucket; how would I most efficiently empty the bath.

 

To my dismay my answer caused him to suggest that I try to get a bed overlooking the garden at my new care home.

 

I'll leave the reader to first make up his own mind about the answer and then perhaps the first poster to gather his thoughts will let us know what the answer was the doctor gave. No cheating now.

 

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Harry you may hate me but at least I had the decency not to spoil it for everyone else :oops::oops:

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Think I'm leading this thread the wrong way. When I say most people you actually ask, I mean as a one to one - in the street if you like.

 

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?600 a month? Where? Prior to my Uncle's death last year, we were on ?1300+ a month and that didn't include toothpaste, soap, morning papers, haircuts or outings! And before you ask, no, he wasn't in luxury. Clean place, nice people, residents properly cared for, but not fancy. Not in Lymm either, over the far side of Manchester. Going back to 1998, home fees for my granny after a major stroke were ?305 a week for a shared room. ?600 sounds worryingly cheap!

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My guess was based on what my mother paid some years ago. At the rates you quote, LP, it's even more of a dsgrace than I thought it was.

Think you are helped a lot more in Scotland.

 

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Well, we looked at it differently. For a nice room, all meals, laundry, cleaning and personal care, we were being charged less than ?50 per day. That wouldn't get you B&B in a halfway decent Hotel, never mind qualified staff to look after you, day and night. He also had dementia, on top of a range of physical conditions, including incontinence, so he was quite demanding. When his condition deteriorated, mentally and physically, he was moved to specialist care and all costs were funded by the NHS. It's also worth saying that we only had to pay because he had money - if he hadn't, then as soon as he was assessed as unable to live alone, the Local Authority would have funded his place in the same care home. Not perfect, but a heck of a lot better than you get in most other countries.....

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