Councillor Liz Fairhurst, the County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “I am very proud of the way care homes across the county have responded with professionalism, compassion and determination to the unprecedented challenges wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We remain absolutely committed to supporting local providers as they strive to provide the very best care possible. This is why it’s imperative that, as a country, we find a sustainable, long term funding solution for adult social care to ensure that people continue to have confidence in access to high quality, safe care, both now and in the future.”
“The County Council acted quickly to provide urgent financial support to care providers across Hampshire during the pandemic which made a real difference. Whilst the current support has been vital, it merely provides a stop-gap. Alongside our colleagues at the County Council, we remain deeply concerned about the medium and longer term future for the sector and call upon Government to urgently identify solutions to safeguard the future of social care services.”
- support the independent sector to continue providing good quality, safe standards of care, seeking feedback from people who receive support and their families to further improve how things are done
- support care providers to remain financially viable now and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic
- ensure that care providers receive the specialist clinical advice they need to look after their residents going forward, including the development and delivery of personalised health care and support plans for each care home resident
- ensure access to timely testing and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, as well as help to maintain the highest standards of infection control, providing the whole care provider sector with free online skills training.