A £500 one-off payment by the Welsh Government to all care home and domiciliary care has been extended to ancillary staff in residential homes.
First Minister Mark Drakeford announced yesterday that the bonus would be extended to all ancillary staff who play an active role in supporting the provision of care in residential homes.
The Minister said: “Care homes operate as large households and a wide range of staff have developed valued relationships with residents and have contributed to their care and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic – kitchen and domestic staff, for example have helped out during this crisis, providing vital support and friendship for residents when relatives have been unable to visit. Activity co-ordinators have continued to engage and occupy residents in entertaining and meaningful activities. Nursing staff employed by the care home will also be included.”
The payment includes those working in care homes for older adults, younger adults and children as well as the secure accommodation service for children and those residential special schools registered as care homes with Care Inspectorate Wales.
Domiciliary care workers and personal assistants, who are providing care to the most vulnerable people in Wales, are also included in the scheme.
The bonus, which is in recognition of social care staff during the COVID-19 outbreak, will be a one-off flat rate payment for those in eligible jobs between 15 March and 31 May and is the same irrespective of the number of hours they worked.
Mr Drakeford said the government was working with local authorities, Care Forum Wales and trade unions to get the payments delivered “as quickly as possible”, adding that not all payments would be made on the same day owning to the diverse nature of the social care workforce.