Brendoncare: a Home for Life

The decision to move yourself, or a loved one, into a care home can be a big financial commitment. Brendoncare knows every one of the people living in its care homes is unique, both in terms of their needs and also their financial situation. As a charity, Brendoncare believes that, once you have taken the decision to move into a Brendoncare home, it should become a home for life.

Brendoncare home

What makes Brendoncare unique is its Care for Life promise, ensuring residents are never asked to leave because of changes in financial situation. Care for Life is a charitable ‘top-up’ payment which can support residents whose own funds have been depleted to the current Local Authority Social Services thresholds. At that point, the Local Authority should contribute towards the resident’s care, and Brendoncare’s Care for Life promise will make up any difference.

The peace of mind this offers to residents and families is immeasurable. Jane’s mother, Betty, had lived with arthritis for many years, was unable to walk and had suffered a stroke. Loss of independence was difficult for Betty to come to terms with, and she was reluctant to move into a care home. However Jane was unable to continue caring for Betty in her own home as she was also caring for her husband, who had been fighting cancer for several years. Eventually, Betty moved into a Brendoncare home.

Jane says: “It was a major guilt trip. I felt like I was admitting defeat. To be honest, because of her stroke, we were worried she wouldn’t be with us for much longer, so finance wasn’t the biggest worry at first. But our funds began to run out, we didn’t have enough for a few more years of care, and I needed money for my husband’s medication. I didn’t know a care home could offer support; I just didn’t want to move her.

“At no time have I felt embarrassed about not having the money to pay. It’s all been sorted out for me. They’ve given me total security, knowing she doesn’t have to be moved. She wants to die here, and I know she’ll have good end of life care with Brendoncare.”

Thanks to Brendoncare’s Care for Life promise, 90 of its residents have been able to stay in familiar surroundings, continuing to receive the care they need, at a cost of more than £800,000 each year.

With five care homes in Hampshire, all rated Good by the CQC, the charity offers a wide range of services for older people, from residential, nursing and respite care, to specialist care for those living with dementia. At its newest home, Otterbourne Hill, Brendoncare also welcomes couples affected by dementia, allowing them to continue living together whilst receiving the vital support both partners need.

The Brendoncare Foundation, The Old Malthouse, Victoria Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7DU.

01962 852133 enquiries@brendoncare.org.uk www.brendoncare.org.uk/care