East Cheshire council allocates extra £5.44m for elderly care services

The council for Cheshire East is injecting an additional £5.44 million of funding for domiciliary and care home operators in an effort to ensure continuity of care as pressure grows on the system.

The council will also debate a plan to continue paying a care home for services to residents, even if they spend up to two weeks in hospital. The aim is to ensure that care is maintained so that hospitals do not delay discharging people back to their homes.

The council says operators can expect increases in fees of up 13.5%, the first improvement since 2009.

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For home care, 15 minute visits are being phased out, and fees for 30 minute visits will rise on average by 6.46%, while hour long visit fees will jump by over 21%.

Councillor Janet Clowes, cabinet member in charge of adult social care and well being, explained: “The Care Act places additional requirements on the council to adopt a formal approach to its fee structure and to take into account the cost of care locally.

“We are pleased to be in a position to invest more money into our care system and we hope this reflects a requirement on employers to ensure staff are paid the national living wage.”

The Council currently spends around £80 million on commissioning care for around 5,600 adults who require support.

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