Laura Sharman 08 June 2020

Care home residents facing 'coronavirus bill'

Care home residents facing coronavirus bill image

Some care home residents have been forced to pay a 'coronavirus bill’ of up to £100 a week by their provider, a charity has warned.

Age UK said some care home providers are charging residents an extra 15% on top of their existing fees to pay for PPE and the cost of covering staff absences.

The charity is calling for this practice to be banned and for Government to cover the extra costs being faced by care homes during the pandemic.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK said: 'Where care homes face extra costs on account of the pandemic it’s only fair that central Government ensures they are met – otherwise there’s a risk that some homes could fold, leaving their residents homeless. This would be bad enough at the best of times, let alone now when the virus continues to pose a threat, making it safest for everyone to stay put.

'The fact that older people who pay for their own care home place routinely have to stump up more than 40% on top of what the State has to find is a long-running scandal, but these ‘Coronavirus bills’ make the injustice even worse. They should be outlawed and care homes under acute financial pressure given the emergency Government funding they need.'

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: 'Emergency funds provided by government so far have been helpful, but our new joint research with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services shows that there is still a very significant shortfall anticipated by the end of September this year.

'Although councils have no direct responsibility to provide extra funding for those who are arranging and funding their own care, in practice many councils have been looking at how they can help, especially for care homes who take council-funded residents alongside self-funders.'

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - D-BIT - under 10's team - Countywide

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum + + 26 days annual leave & Local Gov Pension
Please note that this position is being offered on a Fixed Term Contract basis and is for a period of 15 months. This position is open to Newly Qua England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Family Centre Worker

Essex County Council
£21057 - £27391 per annum + + 25 days annual leave & Local Gov Pension
Family Centres The Family Centres in Essex County Council provide a range of interventions to bring about positive change within families, help adul England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Homeless Youth Specialist (Social Worker)

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43893 per annum + + Package
Homeless Youth Specialist (Social Worker)Permanent, Full Time£32,065 to £43,839 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

People Technology / HRIS Analyst

Essex County Council
Up to £42174 per annum
The Opportunity The People Technology / HRIS Analyst will be responsible for supporting the ongoing management of people-based technology including England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Principal Energy Engineer

Surrey County Council
£45,734 - £51,725 per annum
Do you have experience in working with delivering carbon reduction measures into a range of building projects? Surrey
Recuriter: Surrey County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue