Care home operators to agree fees deal with council

City of York Council is expected this week to agree a deal over payments for care with care home operators this week.

The council has published an Actual Cost of Care report proposing weekly payments between £467.28 and £691.99 for residential and nursing and dementia care, The Press reports.

Councillor Carol Runciman, executive member for adult social care and health, said: “It is important that we maintain fees at levels which enable providers to continue to provide quality services for residents.

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“This report follows a lot of work and consultation with providers to establish an actual cost of care for residential and nursing care in York and ensure continued support for older people across the city.”

The fee levels represent an increase of between 7% and 21%, respectively, on the previous year’s residential and nursing care rates.

Further rises of 5% and 3%, respectively, are proposed for 2017/2018 and 2018/2019.

Avery Healthcare John Strowbridge managing director has told Care Home Professional that private care home operators may be no longer be able to provide local authority beds unless a significant rise in fees is agreed (see EXCLUSIVE: Avery Heatlhcare boss reveals care in the community crisis).

Anchor CEO Jane Ashcroft CBE, meanwhile, has called for the development of a new long term funding model to provide adequate cover for care (see EXCLUSIVE: Anchor CEO calls for new care funding model).

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