The chairman of Moundsley Healthcare Group has criticised comments by Independent Age that suggested care homes should face greater scrutiny for the top-up fees they charge pensioners.
Janet Morrison, CEO of Independent Age, described top-up fees as a ‘secret subsidy’ that families of elderly care home residents pay.
“It is only poorer pensioners who qualify for a local authority funded care home place, and yet it is their families that are being asked to make up the shortfall in care budgets. We hear all the time from families who are willing to do anything they can to ensure their elderly relatives get decent care, even if they’re struggling financially themselves. That’s why it’s so important that there are rules to make sure they do not feel pressured into paying fees unnecessarily,” she added in a report published in January.
Mike Gimson, chairman of Moundsley Healthcare Group, hit back in a comment posted to Carehomeprofessional.com. “In my opinion Janet Morrison CEO is out of touch with the costs related to Elderly care homes,” he writes.
“Our group has not had an increase from Birmingham City Council for 8 years now .Top -up fees have to be charged in order to safe-guard the roofs over our residents heads. The cost of care is the cost of care.
Local Authorities should fulfil their statutory duty to recognise and pay sustainable fee levels to stop care homes going out of business. We have an increasing aged population and a decreasing amount of care homes we are on collision course for a care home crisis,” he concludes.
Moundsley Healthcare runs the Moundsley Hall Care Village in Worcestershire (pictured above), which comprises several residential and nursing homes in six acres of grounds.
Its website gives clear direction on fees and financing options, including the offer for potential residents to “come in for a chat with our Admissions/Finance Team who will explain the fee-structure and the different options available.”