Havering care home market hit by ‘tsunami’, says manager

Inflation and the cost of living crisis have contributed to a ‘tsunami’ hitting the Havering nursing home market, the director of adult services has said.

However, at a meeting of Havering’s Oversight and Review Committee on October 13, commissioning program manager Ben Campbell told advisers that the resilience of the market meant it was “generally correct”. .

While highlighting the pressures on care homes, including the cost of living crisis and inflation, he added that a “strong relationship” had been developed with providers over the years.

In a report released ahead of the meeting, the risk of the market collapsing was deemed low, largely due to its size and diversity.

However, later in the session, in response to a question from Cllr David Taylor on whether the council was confident in the level of service provided, Barbara Nicholls, Director of Adult Services, said the environment would become probably “extremely delicate”.

“It’s very tricky now, and it’s going to be extremely tricky for the rest of the MTFS (Medium Term Financial Strategy),” she said.

She has “never experienced anything like this, like what we have seen since the post-Covid period … in 25/26 years of social action”.

“It’s like a tsunami,” she added.

While she said her department would continue to plan to try and cope with rising costs, Ms Nicholls described the situation as “a very emotional beast”.

Ms Nicholl’s comments came against the backdrop of major cost-cutting exercises proposed by the council in its budget consultation, as Havering seeks savings of £70million over the next four years.

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