Sheffield care home fees set to rise

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Residential care home and nursing home fees in Sheffield are set to rise by more than 
2 per cent next year.

The fees have been frozen for the past two years, but a report to Sheffield Council’s cabinet ahead of a meeting this afternoon says that an increase is needed because of inflation and an increase in staff costs.

The report, from council officers, say the maximum fee for residential care homes is currently £391 a week – but would rise to £400.11 a week if a rise of 2.33 per cent is given the go-ahead.

For nursing homes, the maximum fee would rise from £507.89 to £517.62, if the charges rise by 2.45 per cent as planned.

The reports say Sheffield would still have lower fees than neighbouring towns Doncaster and Rotherham, although they would be higher than those in place in Barnsley.

There have been five care home closures in Sheffield in the past year alone.

Two were planned closures at Norbury in Norwood and Bole Hill View in Crookes, which shut after a consultation on the future of dementia services, but the other three were unplanned.

The number of care home beds in the city has reduced by 185 as a result but the report says they have ‘cancelled out’ increases that occurred in previous years.

The report says: “We believe, given the cost pressures providers are under, there is a risk a further fee freeze could de-stabilise the market and lead to unplanned closures.

“These closures would reduce choice for people in Sheffield needing to move into a care home and increase the risks of capacity falling below demand.”

On average, care and nursing homes in Sheffield have an occupancy level of about 87 to 89 per cent, the report says.

Sheffield’s ageing population is expected to increase to 96,000 people over the age of 85 by 2020.

And 7,400 people aged over 65 in the city will have dementia by 2020.