Care homes disappointment after lack of funding from Sheffield City Council

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Funding cuts faced by the care home sector in 2020 have left a third at risk of closure and faced criticism in a council report.

Sheffield City Council commissioned the study by Cordisbright and LaingBuisson, to investigate the challenges they have faced over the last year.

It has been revealed though, care comes and councillors will only be able to see the report seven days in advance of the Council, who are expected to confirm the changes.

Nicola Richards, from Sheffield Care Association and owner of two care homes in the city has expressed is disappointed with that announcement.

She said: “ I do not feel seven days is a sufficient time. It is very disappointing. We were talking with Kingsbury Hill Fox experts before Christmas, the report was ready months ago, we could make decisions three months ago.

“Bed numbers in the system are very low, people have less confidence in coming to care home. Financially, we were a very fragile sector pre-Covid, so it is even more essential that we get a support that we need right now”.

Mrs Richards explained her care homes currently receive less than £100 for 24 hour care per patient, which includes nursing, meals, light and heat.

Due to the financial problems Nicola Richards had to close 60 bed care home in October.

Mrs Richards said: “Staff was made redundant. It was devastating time for all of us. Especially that we have been operating since 1992.

“What council should is, having a look at the fees and occupied beds in each home. It needs to support the care homes on case to case scenario.”

Written by Wiktoria Wrzyszcz

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