Care home and home care workers to get free PPE until March 2021

Care home residents and staff as well as home care workers and the people they care for, are to get free PPE until March 2021, according to the government.

Free PPE is part of the new Adult Social Care Winter Plan which has been drawn up to support care homes and home care services through the winter months.

Care homes and home care care services will also be able to access a £546m Infection Control Fund so they can pay care workers full sick pay if they have to self-isolate. Care homes are also being encouraged to use the money to increase their workforce to limit staff moving between different care homes.

In addition the government is also appointing a new chief nurse for adult social care to provide clinical leadership to the social care nursing workforce and setting up a dashboard for local, regional and national government to monitor care home infections.

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