Nursing homes are facing a money crisis as frightened families ‘flooded’ staff requesting family members to withdraw
The health care sector may face a financial crisis as anxious families choose not to take their loved ones into their homes, experts warned last night.
The population may drop by as much as ten percent as a result of deaths from the coronavirus and fear of entering healthcare.
This would leave more than 40,000 empty beds in nursing homes across the UK.
Lawyers, caregivers, and charities say they have been “inundated” with calls from families seeking to remove relatives from homes because they fear the facilities are “ticking time bombs.”
The number of residents in care homes may drop by as much as ten percent due to coronavirus deaths and fears of family members entering care
And a leading analyst said it will take the industry at least two years to recover from the sharp drop in income – while another expert predicts Covid-19 may be “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
It comes after the post revealed the devastating toll of the government’s policy of encouraging nursing homes to accept discharged virus patients.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove admitted yesterday that there are “big lessons to be learned” from the treatment of nursing homes during the crisis.
After research last week suggested that more than 22,000 residents of England and Wales may now have died from the virus, Britain’s largest health care provider, HC-One, revealed that the occupancy rate – over 1,000 residents – has already dropped by 6 percent , driven largely by Covid-19 deaths.
Nick Hood, of Opus Restructuring, which advises rescuers, said the “ occupancy drop could easily reach ten percent. ”
William Laing, of healthcare analysts LaingBuisson, predicted a “five percent plus hit,” adding, “This will be due not only to the mortality itself, but to people who don’t want to go to nursing homes. They are more likely to receive resident care. ‘
Trudi Scrivener, who runs Ashridge Home Care in Berkshire, said she has seen an “ enormous surge ” in families seeking to remove loved ones from homes or withdraw plans to include them.
“It is really scary for family members. They cannot go in and visit relatives and they are afraid. I’m flooded with requests, ”she said.
A leading analyst said it will take the residential care sector at least two years to recover from the significant drop in income due to the coronavirus pandemic
Miss Scrivener, 51, who helps run an organ representing 21 resident caregivers, said the number of studies for all of these home caregivers nearly doubled during the virus crisis.
“It’s not just family members calling us,” she said. “We had a question directly from a guy with capacity in a house who wanted to come home. He is now safe in his own home with live-in care. ‘
Emma Jones, a human rights lawyer at Leigh Day, said before the corona virus that it was “very unusual” to be approached by clients who wanted to remove relatives from care homes.
“Now I am in the position that a number of people contact me every week,” she said.
Miss Jones added, “There is a fear of hospital discharges, the lack of PPE equipment, [families] can’t even visit them.
“It’s easy to see how people view this as a ticking time bomb.”
Charity Age UK said it also helps families who want to withdraw their relatives from care “to try to protect them.”
With care homes spending £ 38.6 million a week on Covid-19 costs, experts warn that the industry is “hanging on the wire.”
Mr. Hood said operators “were barely profitable before the corona virus, now revenues are falling like a rock and costs are rising like a rocket.” He added, “I think some operators will fail because of this.”
Local authorities have received £ 3 billion to help services such as care homes.
Mr Gove said the government has taken “important steps” to improve the situation of caregivers.
But he told The Andrew Marr Show, “We are still living through this pandemic and there will be lessons to be learned.”
HC-One said the outbreak was “hugely challenging,” but urged facilities to become “as popular as ever.”
“The hospital did not tell the nursing home staff that my mother had coronavirus”
A daughter accused a “heartless” hospital of endangering the vulnerable after claiming it was trying to send her mother to a nursing home without telling staff she had tested positive for coronavirus.
Tracey Goddard said North London’s North Middlesex University Hospital attempted to fire 82-year-old Shirley to the healthcare facility without revealing her diagnosis.
Shocked: Tracey Goddard with her mother Shirley, who died last week
It was only after Miss Goddard called Protheroe House, the nursing home in Tottenham, that the staff there learned that the grandmother – with vascular dementia – had tested positive. Miss Goddard said the rescuer was shocked at being “kept in the dark.” She added, “It is outrageous because the manager told me there were other vulnerable and elderly care residents there.”
In the end, her mother was placed in another house – which had been notified of her infection – where she died last Wednesday.
At the time, the government said that patients could be admitted to healthcare if they were tested positive or untested.
A spokesperson for North Middlesex University Hospital said the study is doing.
Increased nursing home costs for 81-year-old dementia patient by more than £ 300 per month to pay for personal protective equipment as husband fears unable to pay £ 575 per week bill
By Liz Hull for Daily Mail
A CARE home has raised the cost of older people with dementia by over £ 300 a month to pay for PPE during the coronavirus pandemic, it was claimed last night.
Kevin Meridith said his father, Doug, 81 had been told that the cost of his wife Pat’s care would increase by £ 75 a week from May 1.
In a letter, Chestnut House nursing home in Manchester claimed they had to increase the cost of Alzheimer’s disease, Ms. Meridith, because of “higher costs” for protective equipment and personnel.
She added that the price increase was also due to the higher “living wages, pensions and supplier costs” since April.
But Meridith said that his father, who is not receiving financial support from the local government and pays the monthly cost of his 79-year-old wife from retirement, would struggle to cover the cost of £ 575 a week.
Mr. Meridith said that his father was not a “rich man” and added that the nursing home “has not given a warning, told us it will be from May 1 and that’s it. It is ridiculous, it is not true. ‘ Chestnut House did not respond to requests for comment.
A spokesman for Manchester City Council said: “From the start of the pandemic, we knew the healthcare sector would need extra support.”
They said the municipality was in “daily contact” with healthcare facilities to ensure they could deal with the pandemic.
They added, “We will be speaking directly with our suppliers soon about additional financial support we can provide regarding … the ongoing costs of fighting Covid-19.”