New funding to support COVID-19 response

January 5, 2022

As the new year begins, the Government will provide an extra £60m of funding support to local authorities to support the adult social care response to COVID-19.

The Adult Social Care Omicron Support Fund is on top of the £388m infection control and testing fund announced earlier in the year to prevent infections and provide testing in the care sector.

As cases of Omicron rise rapidly around the country, the additional £60m will help protect both those who receive care, the family and friends who support them, as well as the adult social care workforce. Local authorities can use the funding to support the sector and protect people from COVID-19 infection. This includes investing in improved ventilation, increasing the use of Direct Payments –  which are offered to people with eligible social care needs, so they have choice and control over their care and support arrangements –  or paying for COVID-19 sickness and self-isolation pay for staff.

Alongside this latest COVID-19 funding support, the Government has taken action throughout the pandemic to protect social care, including:

  • Continuing to provide free PPE to protect against COVID-19 to the adult social care sector.
  • Providing regular asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.
  • Continuing to support care providers to make best use of technology to help remote monitoring including making pulse oximeters available to care homes that have less than the recommended number of devices.

Minister for Care Gillian Keegan said, ‘Protecting care staff and people who use social care services continues to be a priority, especially as cases surge and Omicron spreads rapidly around the country.

…‘A huge thank you goes out to care workers for all they are doing to care for people and keep themselves and others safe this winter.

‘I urge anyone who has yet to get a booster to come forward – vaccines are our best defence against this virus so Get Boosted Now.’

Care home guidance was changed recently to protect residents further by allowing each resident to have three listed visitors as well as an essential caregiver, either a family member or friend, who may visit the home to offer companionship or help with care needs. Visit the Government website to find out more about care home visiting guidance.

In other news, a new report published by Collateral Global has reviewed the impact of COVID-19 on care homes across the globe.

 


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