EXCLUSIVE: Care home sector not out of the woods despite low COVID deaths, expert warns

Tim Jones

A leading care home expert has warned the care home sector faces more turbulent times despite this week’s encouraging news that COVID deaths remain low.

Former frontline care worker, manager and care business owner, Tim Jones (pictured) spoke to CHP following news this week that care home deaths had remained stable at a pandemic low in the first three weeks of July.

While welcoming the news, Tim warned the sector faced a pending crisis as a result of legislation to make vaccination mandatory for staff.

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“This ONS news is welcome but it will soon be overshadowed,” Tim noted.

“Care home COVID deaths remaining low will come as a huge relief to a sector that has gone through such a turbulent period since the start of 2020.

“But there are still going to be ebbs and flows in the industry for the foreseeable future because of the pending legislative change surrounding the Government’s double-jabs ruling.

“We know that is not going to be taken up by 100% of care workers, which will leave a big gap to fill by remaining care workers. This will add even more pressure to the care homes from which they are operating.”

Advising the sector daily through his business agency Kaizen Business Consultants, Tim, a Master of Business Administration, has a grassroots and up-to-date understanding of the sector’s challenges.

He added: “It’s quite typical that a care home requires 80 of its beds to be filled in order to break even right now.

“The fact that the number of COVID-related deaths is reducing is a positive for the care sector on many levels, including the financial sustainability of care home operators.

“So, these ONS figures are good news but on the horizon is the additional pressure that the sector faces, with the double-jab legislation, which will see a high volume of care workers leaving their roles.

“This is therefore a lull before the storm for the sector as a whole as there will soon be widespread disruption to services across UK care homes.”

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