400 shielded adults in Dorset contacted for welfare checks

400 shielded adults in Dorset contacted for welfare checks

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:08am 4th May 2020.

Almost 400 vulnerable shielded adults have been contacted by Dorset Council staff for welfare checks since mid-March.

Of the remaining 197 on the Government's list in the council area the remainder will shortly receive a welfare check or live in residential accommodation.

More than 60 shielded adults now have a planned follow-up call.

Dorset Council says that around 800 older residents who used to attend day services run by Tricuro are now being supported in the community by local teams who make regular contact calls, or by direct support in their own homes.

elderly hands

Other changes as a result of the  pandemic measures include council fees for residential or nursing care homes being increased by 10 per cent until the end of July, back-dated to March 19th to co-incide with additional Government funding.

A report to tomorrow's (May 5th) Dorset Council Cabinet meeting says that daily contact is now being made with all registered Care Quality Commission homes and agencies in the council area to check on their capacity and ability to take new referrals; on staffing availability and wellbeing; PPE issues and any Covid 19 cases, or deaths.

Hotel Rembrandt, Dorchester Road
Beds are being provided at The Hotel Rembrandt, in Weymouth for patients discharges from hospital.

Two facilities have been set up by the council in Weymouth and Sherborne, with 43 beds between them, to provide short term care for people being discharged from acute hospital settings.

"These individuals are not COVID-19 positive and the accommodation is only being provided in order to enable longer term social care provision to be arranged, thus reducing delayed discharges," said the report to councillors.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter