Care companies fear bankruptcy
By BBC on 01/04/2020
Some companies which support older and disabled people in their own homes are struggling to cope, says their professional association.
The UK Home Care Association says the firms need more protective equipment for staff and clearer guidance on protecting clients.
The current circumstances have put care companies which were already financially vulnerable under additional pressure, says UKHCA.
A £350bn package to support businesses "small and large" has been announced.
In a statement on Tuesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak vowed to do "whatever it takes" to help the economy and support businesses "to get through this".
Care cash crisis
The extra demands placed on care at home have thrown the underlying social care crisis into sharp relief, UKHCA argues.
In the current situation, home care companies say they are likely to have more people needing care and will need to train extra staff as some will not be able to work if they become ill.
Tuesday's announcement by NHS England that hospitals should free up some 15,000 beds by discharging long-term patients who are medically fit into the community is expected to pile even more pressure onto the social care sector in the coming weeks.