The live-in care sector is prepared to save struggling care home operators from collapse by safely transferring residents to their own homes, the owner of Ashridge Home Care has said.
In the video above, Trudi Scrivener, who is also a co-founder of the Live-in Care Hub, says the sector can support care homes that are overwhelmed by a growing number of coronavirus cases and a lack of PPE by reducing the number of people they care for.
Scrivener told Home Care Insight that members of the Live-in Care Hub would liaise with care homes and relatives to arrange a safe transfer of service users “from care home to home”.
“We really feel, as a group of providers, that we have the resource to help people get out of care homes, if that’s what their relatives want, and provide care for them at home,” she said.
“We know that many families are worried right now – families are coming to us saying that their loved ones are just not safe in a care home. The home care sector is ready to step up to the challenge and help these care homes and the people in them.”
Scrivener argued that care homes and home care providers need to start working together with commissioners to address the coronavirus crisis and save lives.
“We are in a crisis – too many people are dying and we need to take action,” she urged.
The Live-in Care Hub is currently calling for 21,000 more care workers to join the sector and ensure elderly and vulnerable people can safely be discharged home from hospital during the coronavirus crisis.