Sheffield City Council pledges extra funding for care homes during coronavirus crisis

Sheffield City Council has announced extra funding for care homes during the coronavirus outbreak, as the pandemic continues to place extra pressure on all services across the city. 

The council states it is providing all standard residential and nursing homes with an interim extra 5% in funding to supplement the added strain on services and higher costs during the epidemic. 

Funds will be paid initially to cover 3 months from 30th March 2020. This is in addition to the agreed 4.9% uplift from April 2020 at the previous adult social care cabinet meeting.

Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, George Lindars-Hammond, said: “It is important at a time of enormous strain upon our health services, that we acknowledge the extra pressures facing residential and nursing homes during the pandemic.” 

He admits although the Government has provided some additional funding for Sheffield City Council’s coronavirus response, this does not meet the ’extra costs’ needed to fund vital services.

Councillor George Lindars-Hammond // Credit: Sheffield City Council

He said: “We have listened to the concerns of local providers across the board and as a result standard residential and nursing homes will receive the extra 5% funding in response to the needs of the sector, as soon as possible.

“We continue to meet emergency demand for PPE supply and stock continues to be built up locally to make sure we can meet the growing needs for kit in the city.

“We will continue to communicate with everyone on a home by home basis and will be working with all care providers to make sure we understand their needs,” he added.

Sheffield, between 10th – 24th April, has recorded 83 deaths involving COVID-19 occurring in care homes, according to data provided by the Care Quality Commission and released by the Office of National Statistics.

This is the 9th highest figure overall. 

Meanwhile Palms Row Health Care, which operates three care homes in the city, have appealed to Sheffield Council for more money to help them fight the crisis.

They say an emergency 15% increase in Government funding had not been passed onto them, and the proposed permanent rise of 4.9% is effectively a cut due to the 6.2% minimum wage increase and inflationary costs.