Royal Greenwich has 38 Care Quality Commission-registered care homes providing care for over 900 residents. Eleven of these homes provide residential, nursing and dementia care for older people.
The impacts of coronavirus have been felt across the sector but particularly in care homes for older people, where the number of COVID-19 infections increased daily during April, as did the number of deaths for the month.
Many people will be concerned about the pressure on care homes for vulnerable older people and we would like to take the opportunity to share how the Council and its partners have provided support to our local care homes in the borough.
We are also pleased that the vital role of social care staff as essential frontline workers has been recognised by the Government.
Since the start of the pandemic, managers and staff from the Council’s Adult Social Care team have been speaking regularly to care homes to find out how they are managing the support and welfare of their staff and residents. Through our conversations with home managers and daily data updates, we monitor quality of care and keep track of staffing levels, stocks of personal protection equipment (PPE) and confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in each home.
We have supported homes with urgent supplies of PPE, training in COVID-19 infection control and testing for care homes residents and staff. Like other local authorities, Royal Greenwich has put together a package of financial support to cover the additional staffing and equipment costs experienced by care providers.
Further information on our support to care homes can be found in the letter to MP Helen Whately, Minister of State (Minister for Care) and the template on the financial offer to social care providers.