Care homes ‘could go to the wall’ as costs rise

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Mike Padgham, who runs four homes in North Yorkshire and is chairman of
the Independent Care Group, said he was worried about the rising costs
of the pandemic, from personal protective equipment (PPE) to extra staff
to cover for those self-isolating as well as lost income from empty
beds. 

The  government is spending £600m to tackle the infection in care homes but Mr Padgham said it had become tied up in bureaucracy, and will not get to care homes until June.

“The
NHS and social care have been on the front line together from day one,
but social care has only just been recognised… Even
though people have said things [in Parliament] and at the number 10
briefing about us having an arm put around us, a ring put around us, we
don’t feel protected.”

Care homes ‘could go to the wall’ as costs rise

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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