A recent poll conducted by the National Care Forum (NCF) has discovered that care homes are experiencing a high rate of staff absences due to employees testing positive for the virus and forced to isolate. Staff shortages are also being caused by contact tracing (causing staff to self-isolate), shielding, and childcare responsibilities.
Staff shortages causing care homes to make difficult decisions
Due to the staffing issue, Covid-19 is causing. It has been reported that some care homes are refusing new referrals or admissions from communities and hospitals. In addition, staff that are able to work are being offered overtime to try and cover the hours lost by those who have contracted Covid-19. In some cases, it is not possible to resolve this situation in-house resulting in care homes hiring agency staff. The NCF has described this as ‘unsustainable’ and must be resolved before social care becomes overwhelmed. A recent NCF poll of care providers found that staff absences ranged from 11%-40% and very few care providers reported that they had 50% staff absences.
How has this affected staff wellbeing?
Vic Rayner, executive director of NCF has expressed her concern saying that care home staff have been at the front line of the battle against COVID-19 for almost a year and employees are physically and emotionally tired. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all care home staff and residents will be vaccinated by the end of January. Care homes will be hoping that the government can deliver on this in order to ease the pressure on their workforce.
How can we help?
At Hawsons we have a dedicated team of care home accountants at our offices in Sheffield, Doncaster, and Northampton. Our specialists offer a wealth of experience in the care sector including residential homes, nursing homes, and other specialist care services.
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