Council to increase residential care capacity

COUNCIL TO INCREASE RESIDENTIAL CARE CAPACITY

ESSEX County Council has today announced a further £18.6m of funding to increase residential care capacity during the COVID-19 emergency

Increasing the number of residential beds available will help free up urgently needed space within the NHS and local hospitals.

The global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the UK. The number of cases has grown significantly since early March and the frail and elderly are the most vulnerable. The health and care sectors are significantly affected and face high demand and pressures on workforce due to COVID-19 related absences.

Councillor John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “The extra money released today means that Adult Social Care can ensure that wherever possible people with social care related needs are able to be cared for out of hospital, freeing capacity for people with COVID-19 related complications.

The council is taking steps to ensure maximum flexibility to procure care home beds as well as exploring other facilities to support this drive.

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