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        I was shown the brochure for this Care Home by my Cretan friend, Litsa, whilst I was in Rethymnon in October, they had visited the premises with friends to get information on it.

        Apparently one of the owners is a local man who made money and married a wealthy lady from South Africa. Having lived there for some time he has now returned and they have developed the business in a ‘European Style’.

        http://agkali.com/en/

        The prices for care and accomodation, which is luxurious Litsa says, are not shown on the website, but the figures they had been quoted were eyewatering even by UK standards.

        I wonder how much take up there will be given the current economic climate and the historic lack of need for these facilities in Greece in general.

        Kathleen

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            Wow-looks better than most holiday hotels I’ve stayed at!I would have thought there would be a need,especially for ex-pats or do we all move back to the UK in our final stage?Care homes in UK are very expensive even for the crappy places,I know ,my mum-in-law is in one.Does this bunch look after those with dementia?What are they charging then Kathleen?

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                No mention of dementia care, but from memory I think the fees for the suites were well in excess of 1900€ a month. I assume additional nursing care costs would then need to be added on top of that.

                In real terms it is probably comparable to some places in UK. My husband was fully funded under continuing NHS healthcare in a privately owned very ‘flash’ rehabilitation/nursing unit for a short time here in UK, they charged over £2000 a week but suffice to say his standard of care was dreadful.

                After travelling a round trip of almost 30miles a day to keep check on his condition, over the worst of last year’s winter, I was greatly relieved, after 4 months, to have him moved to my original preferred choice of home which had been undergoing massive refurbishment. It is substantially cheaper but with an excellent standard of care, provided by great, well trained staff and his new GP, in very clean, pleasant, cheerful and friendly surroundings.

                Despite all the recent adverse press given to care homes in UK it is good to find some are bucking the trend.

                Just proves the point, however, all that glitters…….

                Kathleen

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                    When I have been in hospital in UK I have had appalling care and seen it all around the nhs on several occasions,where patients are treated with no dignity whatsoever.I am glad it is all coming to light now,because that kind of ‘lack of care’ is nothing to do with money,it is attitude and lack of organisation.I am not saying it is all bad,and my experience of surgery,for example,is fantastic and the majority of nurses are lovely.I do worry about care homes though,and it’s not about how good or how shabby they are,i’ts about the staff ultimately and you can only go by what you can see when you are there.Apart from the ‘hidden camera’ stories now emerging,I just don’t know how to judge them-certainly not on price.

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                        Ganesh, I totally agree, unfortunately ‘vocation’ now no longer has a place in the NHS the way it used to have from a nursing point of view. It is a job for most, nothing more or less, there are good and bad as in most professions and the patient seems to be at the bottom of the list in some cases.

                        Personally, having seen the situation in a Greek district hospital first hand myself for the first time this year, I still think the UK in my area has the edge in terms of facilities and staff.

                        As far as care homes are concerned it is a case of ‘suck it and see’, but getting a move for yourself or loved one is generally a leap in the dark….. a period of notice will be required and the move will be a gamble which ever way you go unless you do a lot of dedicated homework.

                        We have yet to see with regard to Crete. Care homes there are in their infancy as far as the general population are concerned. Few will be able to afford or even feel comfortable with the luxury this facility provides.

                        Kathleen

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