Care fees can potentially run to many thousands of pounds over the years so it is important you fully understand the financial implications and levels of care you are signing up to. You may be signing the contract for yourself or you may be signing on behalf of a relative as an attorney or deputy, or as a third party signatory. If signing as a person who is not the resident, the contract may place upon you certain terms and conditions and liabilities for fees of which you need to be aware.
For a fixed fee, we can give you expert and specific advice on the effect and
implications of the contract, allowing you to make an informed decision. Our team of specialist lawyers will provide you with a report detailing the terms of the contract in plain English without legal jargon and commenting on matters such as unfair contract terms, non-refundable ‘admission’ or ‘administration’ charges, any requirements to pay additional ‘top-up’ fees, whether it meets the requirements of the Care Standards Act 2000 and Competitions and Markets Authority guidance and ensure it covers key things such as what happens if your care needs change and what happens if you go to hospital for any length of time.
If the contract has already been signed, a review can still be undertaken. This may be particularly important if the home is seeking to increase their charges from those agreed at the start of the contract or demanding care fees after the resident has died.