13th Aug, 2020

Care homes in Warwickshire get Government cash in fight against Covid-19

Ian Hughes 4th Jun, 2020

CARE homes in Warwickshire are receiving Government cash in the fight against coronavirus.

Warwickshire County Council has to date been allocated £3.6million from a national funding pot of £600million to help with Covid-19 infection control at county care homes.

The cash is allocated by Central Government on a per bed basis. For Warwickshire this means 170 care homes will receive funds of up to £1,000 per bed to help reduce the spread of infections among residents.

The funding will help care homes to secure supplies for decontamination and deep cleaning, manage staffing issues, to enable staff to get to work without using public transport, to ensure staff are appropriately paid when isolating and to secure PPE provisions and to access other infection control measures.

A second allocation of money from Central Government is due to be sent in July.

County adult social care spokesman Coun Les Caborn said: “The council’s overriding priority remains to keep people in Warwickshire, especially those who are most vulnerable, as safe as possible.

” We are committed to the delivery of a comprehensive and consistent approach to supporting care homes, in order to promote competence and resilience in the management of this outbreak.

“This second wave of funding will help support all of the great work that has been carried out by the care system already. Care homes, large and small, continue to provide a very high standard of care to its residents, while keeping them safe and protected at the same time. Working with local partners, we will endeavour to protect the vulnerable during this difficult time.”

Three-quarters of the funding will go to care homes directly, and the rest can be used at the local authority’s discretion to help support wider workforce resilience.

Examples include the recruitment of additional infection control nurses to support care providers more generally and to provide funds to domiciliary care providers in supporting the management of infections among staff and residents.

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