Referrals, fees and funding

Securing a place at Smithy Bridge Court

If you or your loved one is interested in becoming a part of the community at Smithy Bridge Court care home, please contact us for an initial discussion. Our Matron will organise to visit your or your loved one’s home to meet and fully assess wishes and requirements.

Following this initial meeting, Matron will meet with our Registered Manager and clinical team to discuss and explore the care we can provide to enhance your or your loved one’s life. We are transparent about the services we offer and their associated costs, plus can be flexible to accommodate specific needs and offer immediate placements when required.

Paying for care

Depending on an individual’s situation, care can be paid for in several different ways. An assessment of needs and financial position will be undertaken.

In some circumstances the NHS or local authority will cover fees or these will need to be self-funded. In some instances, a combination of funding and personal payment may be feasible. Whatever the case, we will ensure you have the advice you need and provide guidance with securing funding.

Our Registered Manager is available to help you through this process. Advice is also available from the Alzheimer’s Society’s National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or speak with your NHS Trust or local authority for further information.

Fees and funding

Smithy Bridge Court’s fees are £2000-£2300 per week which excludes one-to-one and personal expenditure. This is reviewed yearly as part of the local authority’s annual care assessment.

Personal expenditure may include:

  • Hairdressing
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Personal purchases including flowers and plants for individual rooms, stationery, confectionery, alcohol, certain snacks and toiletries
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Dry cleaning
  • Chiropody

Read our terms and conditions for private funders here.
Read our Deed of Third Party Contribution Agreement here.
View our Care Placement Agreement here.

Moving in

When joining our Smithy Bridge Court family, we will support you with your move from home to home to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Before moving, you and your family will be invited to visit us for a personal tour, meet the other ladies and gentlemen at our home and join in one of our many activities.

We will ensure that your individual care plan, medication and other assistance is in place ready for the day you move in, as well as a completed risk assessment. You do not need to worry about establishing financial support or changing your GP as we will take care of this for you.

After a two-week period, we will evaluate how you or your loved one has settled in, checking needs are being met and making any changes, to ensure happiness and contentment at our home.

Please get in touch with our Registered Manager or Matron on 01706 582407, or visit our contact page, if you have any queries about this process.