Cornwall Council adult social care staff are working hard to secure the care home placements of a number of residents in Cornwall following the decision by the provider to give notice.
Sharob Care who own 3 care homes in the area wrote to residents on 30 September 2019 to give them 28 day’s notice, citing that the council have withheld ‘increases on existing client fees’ following the council’s work to negotiate a contract with care providers to ensure people receive high quality care and support.
Deputy leader for Cornwall Council, Adam Paynter said: “We are doing our absolute best to secure the future for these residents. Our staff have been in negotiation with care providers for the last 3 years to introduce a new contract intended to raise standards of care across the sector and pay care staff the Foundation Living Wage. Sharob Care have decided that they do not wish to sign that contract.
“The new care contract will ensure that people have the best care and support possible which includes making sure staff across the care sector are paid a fair wage for the care they deliver, as well as allowing the Council to proactively address any concerns about the quality of services as they arise.”
“We are working hard to resolve the issues with Sharob Care so that residents are faced with as little disruption as possible but regardless of the outcome of those discussions we will make sure that those affected continue to be looked after and have their care and support needs met.”
“It is our priority that people receive the best care possible and one way that we can secure this is by attracting and retaining high quality carers to the profession, and paying the foundation living wage is one way that can help us to achieve this. We don’t make any apologies for seeking the best provision possible, at value for money for our residents”