Sheffield care home sector receives continued financial support

Sheffield care home sector receives continued financial support
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Care homes in Sheffield, UK, under the most financial pressure will continue to receive financial support from Sheffield City Council.

Sheffield City Council has shared plans to focus financial support on care home providers in the city that are experiencing the most significant financial pressures due to COVID-19. So far, as part of response initiatives to help deal with the crisis, over £10m worth of investment has been put into the care homes sector to ensure it is able to respond and provide high quality residential care for those who need it.

Supporting the care sector

Sheffield Council has delivered a range of support for care homes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to financial support which includes accessing emergency staffing, value for money PPE, and providing advice and guidance.

Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council, Councillor George Lindars-Hammond, said: “We have looked at a range of options for allocating funding across the sector’s vacancies differently. This ensures we take a targeted approach in supporting the market where a provider highlights specific risks that are linked to vacancies and/or loss of income.”

The Council continues to work proactively with care home owners to help identify and mitigate risks related to the COVID-19 crisis, and the Council has stated that care homes experiencing financial or operating difficulty need to contact the Council where advice and support will be made available.

Lindars-Hammond added: “During these extraordinary times we have recognised, and acted upon, ensuring financial and other vital support has been made available to our care homes. Our priority is to protect our most vulnerable and we have worked with the care home sector to do all we can to support them and I want to thank them, their staff and residents, for all they have had to deal with during this time.

“The Council, itself under huge financial pressures due to the pandemic, has a responsibility to make sure public funds are used wisely and businesses who provide care and are at risk of closure, due to COVID-19 are important. The homes they provide for residents in Sheffield need to be protected. I encourage any care home provider who is experiencing financial difficulty to get in touch immediately.”

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