Sheffield home owners cry foul over fees

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Private providers of long term care in Sheffield have hired an independent investigator to advise on ways of getting a better deal out of the local authority. By Geoff Hodgson Private providers of residential and long-term care in the Sheffield district have lifted the lid on “the relentless erosion of fee levels”. One care home owner has described as “a crass waste of public money” the Sheffield social services’ practice of paying a premium to Sheffcare, a quasi independent trust to which the Council has transferred 13 care homes it had previously owned. He said Sheffcare was being effectively paid £80/week more than what was being paid to private providers of residential care. The Sheffield Independent Care Providers Association has hired a research consultant to see what actions might be taken to obtain a better deal for private providers. Association secretary James Wild said that, at the request of members, an open forum was organised by the local authority social services and was held on 15 January. “

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