UK care home bosses seek extra £500m for Christmas Covid measures

  • Chris Easom
  • November 27, 2020

Care bosses are demanding £500m in extra government funding to make care homes safe in the run-up to Christmas, while some councils have been accused of taking infection control too far by banning tinsel or advising against trees. Some care home managers are concerned about the rules, arguing that Christmas decorations can be an important stimulus to memory for people with dementia. Jane Ashcroft, the chief executive of Anchor Hanover, which runs care homes and retirement villages, struck a defiant tone, saying: “Santa’s had his test and is on his way.”