My father moved into an ALA and stayed there for 5 months. It was on the edge of acceptable to begin with, but as time went on, i noticed the attitude of the place of course was reflective of the leader, a very grouchy authoritarian RN Direct with an almost patronizing approach. She had a constant frown on her face and sharp lecture tone. Most of her staff were either the same, or apathetic. Dad felt intimidated and afraid and withdrew into a shell. He lost a lot of weight and a lot of cognitive clarity.
Long story short, we moved. First dad fell and the RN tried to discount the fall by blaming it on dad, who "didn't report it". That was unacceptable so I took him to the hospital after he voiced back pain for 2 days.(They had just noted that he was "non compliant" and wouldn't get out of bed for dinner)
The SKF was kind and thorough and a breath of fresh air. They also have an ALF under the same roof. the ALF, however, is more than 1,000 more a month than the other one. With dads ss and aid and attendance and what he does have, I should be able to last for about 2 years. so I decided to go for it to give him quality of life.
My question is, before I sign the papers, does anyone know whether ALF's negotiate for fees? I know they said they had a June special, but then they only "estimated" my fees (even then I had to insist) -- and when they actually assessed dad they came up with 1,000 more.
Its my only nagging doubt. could I be getting a better price if they for some reason didn't think I have tons of money? Maybe I just need to ask, but I don't know if that's like offering a hospital less or if its like offering less on craigs list.
Do ALFs negotiate for fees?