Care Providers’ Fears As Covid-19 Restrictions Ease Call For Understanding For Social Care Sector

Independent Care Group

MEDIA RELEASE

31st March 2022

 

Care Providers’ Fears As Covid-19 Restrictions Ease

Call For Understanding For Social Care Sector

 

CARE providers are calling for greater understanding and more support from the Government as they prepare to ease care and nursing home visiting restrictions.

The Independent Care Group (ICG) is worried about the risks to home residents and care staff after mandatory testing for visitors stops tomorrow.

ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “Of course, we are pleased that we are moving to the position where we can relax restrictions and return to some form of normality. The restrictions have been very hard on residents and their relatives these past two years.

“But Covid-19 hasn’t gone away and I do appeal to people and to the Government for more understanding and better support.

“Some homes, I am sure, will still ask for tests because they are understandably worried about the risk to their very vulnerable residents and to their staff. It will be up to them how they go about paying for the tests.

“The virus is still with us, indeed in some areas cases are rising very rapidly. If our staff contract the illness and go off sick, there is no more support from the Government to keep paying them.

“And if a care or nursing home has two or more cases it cannot accept new admissions for 10 days, which is bound to compound the current financial difficulties homes are facing.

“If we are to end testing and relax restrictions, we do need the public to be understanding of the risks care settings still face and we do need some more financial backing from the Government to help us cope.”

 

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Media Contact: Mike Padgham, 01723 502414 or 07971 111062.

 

  • Social care currently looks after 400,000 people in care and nursing homes – that is three times the number in NHS hospital beds. Social care looks after a further 640,000 people in their own homes.

Note to editors: The Independent Care Group is a recognised representative body for independent care providers (private and voluntary). It works on behalf of care providers for all client groups including care homes, domiciliary care agencies, supported living and extra care housing providers, and day care centres in the private and voluntary parts of the independent sector.