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Care Costs - How Much???!!!
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A friend's mother has recently had to move into a care home. very sad but all too common etc etc. But what has astounded me is that it is costing £1200/week!. I don't know the full details but that's not really relevant to my question . . . which is, has anyone here any experience of home care alternatives, because it seems to me that at if care homes are charging 40, 50, 60k per year it must surely be cheaper to employ a full-time home carer. Indeed, many retired people have spare bedrooms in their homes so why not even a live-in carer? Perhaps this is what we used to call a 'housekeeper' in the good old days? They get somewhere to live, rent-free, plus a 'living allowance' and they run the household for the elderly owner. OK, maybe not so appropriate if there are serious medical conditions, but for basic old-age frailty it must surely be an option. After all, I don't think there was the prevalence of care homes in the 'good old days' - or perhaps 'extended families' were more the norm back then? - but they certainly seem to be raking in the profits these days. Is there really no alternative?