A total of £2,734,683 has been allocated to Southend and 75% of the cash will go directly to the 95 care homes in the Borough. The council has decided the remaining £683,670 will be used to support the whole care sector in Southend.
10% (£273,468) will be distributed to home care providers, and a further £196,950 will help support people in supported living placements and the remaining money will be used to fund additional infection prevention control advisors for Southend care providers and to provide out of hours escalation support.
Cllr Trevor Harp, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “There’s no doubt that this funding is welcome relief for local care providers. I am impressed with the ways in which our local providers have worked with us to continue to provide good care to their residents during this pandemic.
“This latest round of funding will support this work, whilst also allowing for future planning regarding infection prevention control, a key defence tool in the battle against Coronavirus.”
The funding will be distributed in two tranches and providers who are registered with the council and agree to comply with the Government’s spending and audit requirements, will have already received their first payment.
A daily review of the care market is in place, and the NHS capacity tracker has been used to identify providers (care home and home care providers) who need additional support.
Since the beginning of Coronavirus, the council has set up 13 isolation beds as an alternative provision for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients being discharged from hospital. Over 40% over Southend care homes have consistently paid staff their full wages.
Working with Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT), training has been supplied carers via the Care Home Education Team. Carers have not been allowed to transfer between homes to limit contact, and there has been training around Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Cllr Harp, said: “We know those over the age of 70 and those with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable to coronavirus. I think it is admirable how everyone has pulled together to do everything possible to protect our older and more vulnerable residents from Coronavirus.”