Care providers will be given an extra £546m to support infection control procedures over the winter months, the government has announced.
The Infection Control Fund, which has been extended until March 2021, is being made available to help pay staff wages for those self-isolating and hire more staff to restrict movement between homes.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said: “From the very beginning we have done everything possible to make sure our social care system is protected and has the resources it needs to keep our brilliant workforce and those they care for safe.
“This new funding of over half a billion pounds will support not only care home residents, but also some of the most vulnerable in society living at home and in supported living.
“I know this will give peace of mind to so many, and we will set out further detail in our Adult Social Care Winter Plan this week.”
This brings the total funding for infection control measures in care homes to over £1.1bn.
Minister for Care, Helen Whately said: “I know just how hard social care staff have been working over the last 6 months to provide compassionate care for our loved ones and keep them safe in the face of this global threat. I am committed to ensuring the social care system has everything they need for the winter months ahead.
“Today we have set out additional funding to bolster infection prevention and protect our loved ones receiving care.” Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, said: “Care England welcomes the extension in time and scope of the Infection Control Fund. It has been a real life line for care homes in this incredibly challenging time. We look forward to learning more details in due course and the associated winter plan.”