CARE GUIDE – FAQs
To help with the most frequent
What does the law say about the cost of care?
According to UK Law, residents of care homes are required to contribute
• You are not entitled to funding if your capital exceeds £23,250.
• Your local authority may pay towards costs if your capital is between £14,250 – £23,250. Note, for every £250 that you have over the lower amount, the local authority will deduct £1 per week from their contribution.
• Your local authority will pay for Residential or Nursing Home costs to a certain level if your capital is less than £14,250.
• When the charges total more than the Local Authority is willing to pay, you may have to contribute towards the fees – a process called 3rd Party Contributions or Top-Ups – and this must be paid by a relative or friend and not by the resident for legal reasons. Please keep our management team informed if your capital falls below the upper limit so we can help you arrange
• When continuing specialist medical treatment is required, the state will pay for the full cost of care – called Continuing Health Funding – please discuss this with our management team and your GP. We may be able to make a referral on behalf of a resident following an assessment of care to decide whether someone is entitled to
• If you are paying fees privately, you may keep your pensions and some benefits. If you are funded by the Local Authority you will be expected to use all of your income, including your pension and benefits, to help fund your care – except for a Personal Allowance of £21.90 per week for your day to day spending money. However, if you are paid the Mobility
• When the Local Authority completes
Is my home included in the calculation of my capital?
If your capital is under £23,000 you are eligible for financial support from the Local Authority. Your capital may not be calculated including your home if:
• a child under 16 lives in the property
• you are in the first 12 weeks of needing permanent care
• care is being provided on a temporary basis
• your parent still resides in the home
• a relative over 60 resides in the house
• a disabled relative lives at the property
Does the state provide any benefits that I could be entitled to?
Attendance allowance is a tax-free, state benefit. It is available to those over 65 years who have required assistance – for more than six consecutive months – with daily tasks such as washing or dressing
This is available at two rates:
– A lower rate: for those who need help during only the day or the night.
– A higher rate: for those who need care during both the day and night.
To claim for attendance allowance, you must fill out a form. This can be obtained from most larger Post Offices, the Citizens Advice Bureaux, or can be downloaded directly from the website at www.direct.gov.uk.
Individuals who are under the age of 65 and require care can still qualify for an allowance, but this is paid in the form of Disability Living Allowance.
For the latest information on benefits, current rates and how to find out if you qualify for financial assistance towards the cost of your care visit Kirklees.gov.uk.
Does the NHS provide free nursing care?
Free nursing care by the NHS does exist. A person within a nursing home who has been deemed to require a registered
Anyone entering a nursing home should be assessed to see if they qualify for NHS-funded nursing care. If they do, this money will be paid directly to the nursing home. The assessment is repeated annually thereafter, and it is possible that individuals will find themselves re-banded after each assessment.
To find out the current standard and higher rate for a week in England and Wales please contact Mulberry Care Homes via the details on our Contact page.
What if I need continued health care?
The Primary Care Trust (PCT) can pay the costs for individuals who require
The assessment should be conducted input from
What type of care do Mulberry Care Homes provide?
Mulberry Care Homes provide a range of specialist care from Residential Care which offers a day-to-day helping hand and nursing care for those with ongoing medical or neurological conditions, to early stage Dementia and Palliative Care. We also offer respite services to help the carer and short stay visits.
Find a detailed explanation of each service in our Care Services section.
Do Mulberry Care Homes cover specialist Dementia Care?
We have trained professionals to provide the highest standard for early stage Dementia Care. Our specialists are experienced in the nuances of dementia and work to care for and improve the lives of residents as well as provide support to families.
Are the family of residents regularly updated?
It is important to us that we keep family members updated depending on the requested method – via
How well are the Mulberry Care Homes staffed?
We always provide higher than the norm staffing levels in order that we continuously provide first-class care alongside the personal touch. It’s not just the philosophy for our care team, but for all the teams that support and run our care homes.
What are the different types of resident activities Mulberry Care Homes offers?
Our Activity Coordinators run the daily activities
How do I become a Mulberry Care Homes resident?
Once you are happy that you would like to join the Mulberry Care Homes family, whether
Are Mulberry Care Homes LGBT friendly?
We pride ourselves in creating a community within our care homes that is inclusive and without any form of discrimination. LGBT awareness is covered as part of our training for both the care team and support staff alike.
How do you keep Mulberry Care Homes
residents personal information safe?
How can I apply to join the Mulberry Care Homes Care Team?
If you would like to join the Mulberry Care Homes Care Team please contact us directly, we would love to hear from you.
As a valued team
Please review our Careers Section for further information.
If you would like to become a staff member, we would love to hear from you.
We provide each team member with an individual specialist training
At Mulberry Care Homes, for