£588m of additional funding announced for adult social care
The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that from 1 September a fund of £588m will become available for the NHS to use for adult social care. The purpose of this fund is to speed up hospital discharges by giving people access to care homes. This fund will support those such as the elderly and disabled people that will still require full-time care once they leave the hospital.
The funding comes from a larger £3 billion fund which was designated in case there is a second peak in coronavirus cases. This funding aims to protect and prepare health and social care environments from the potential second wave of the virus.
When funding becomes available on 1 September the NHS will be able to provide further support to those in need for up to six weeks. Over this six-week period, patients will be able to receive continuing support to aid their recovery and rehabilitation once they have left the hospital. This support will include:
- Care home fees
- Domiciliary care
- Community nursing services
NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) assessments are due to resume in September. This assessment is in place to make sure patients with complex health problems can access the care they require, free of charge. It is expected that most patients will be able to return home after their discharge from the hospital. However, a small percentage will need full-time care in a residential home, nursing home, or hospice care.
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At Hawsons we have a dedicated team of care home accountants at our offices in Sheffield, Doncaster, and Northampton. Our in-depth knowledge and understanding of the sector are applied and we work closely with our clients, ensuring that changes in the care sector are recognised promptly and appropriate strategies implemented and actions taken. We recognise that no two homes are the same.
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