High Court judge orders council to raise care home fees

Posted on July 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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A High Court Judgment passed down last week will have profound implications for the funding of care home residents throughout the UK. This is the view of the Abbeyfield Society whose Newcastle branch took Newcastle City Council to Court for not paying a fair rate for the care provided to older people at two of Abbeyfield’s care homes in the city.

Mr Justice Norris said the rate should rise to £450 per resident per week for April 2010 to March 2011 and to £460 for April 2011 to March 2012. The council had originally paid Abbeyfield £436 for both years, in line with a two-year price freeze it initiated in 2010 for publicly-funded care home clients. But, on the eve of proceedings in December 2013, the council agreed it should have paid Abbeyfield £455, from October 2011 to April … Read More »

Parliament talks about top-ups

Posted on July 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Concern about families paying top-up fees for care home residents was voiced in a Parliamentary debate led by former care minister Paul Burstow this week.

Mr Burstow said there was mounting evidence of confusion and rule breaking over the application of top-up fees by local authorities. He said the rules on top up-up fees need to be examined and told the debate that ‘we need to get this right as top-ups look set to grow in number’.

In response care minister Norman Lamb said he was concerned about the case studies of two older people Paul Burstow had highlighted in his speech. Mr Lamb said they ‘almost sort of smack of exploitation’ of the elderly people involved.

Mr Lamb said care home tops-ups ‘must be the positive choice on the part of the person, something that they understand, both in terms … Read More »

Target Healthcare REIT acquires three care homes and specialist facilities

Posted on July 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Target Healthcare REIT has acquired three care homes and four specialist care bungalows from Zest Investment Group for about £20.4m including acquisition costs.

Located in Norfolk and Northern Ireland, each of the care homes offers a combination of residential, nursing and dementia care. One of the homes also provides specialist care for individuals with learning disabilities, autism and complex physical disabilities.

Accommodating up to 255 residents, the properties offer a range of facilities, including generously proportioned single bedrooms with en-suite wetroom facilities; spacious public areas; as well as activity rooms, hair-dressing salons and therapy rooms.

The care homes will continue to be leased to the existing operator, Priory Group, for a period of up to 28 years. The transaction represents an initial yield in excess of 7% and the rents payable under the leases are subject to fixed annual rental uplifts.

Priory … Read More »

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