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The Future Of Care Homes In Derbyshire to be discussed today

Published on Thursday 4 June 2020

The results of Derbyshire County Council’s consultation on the future of 10 of the council’s homes for older people will be considered at a Cabinet meeting on 4 June 2020.

Cabinet members will discuss a proposal that the council will not close any of its care homes until another local care home or alternative provision is in place and to carry out refurbishments to a number of homes.

1,189 responses were received to the consultation which took place from 31 January to the 24 April 2020. The homes originally considered for closure were:

The homes proposed for refurbishment were:

Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Jean Wharmby said: “We have listened carefully to the views given during the consultation and have considered the huge change in the requirements of and for care homes that Covid 19 has brought about. The consultation began before the pandemic which has had, and will continue to have, an enormous impact on the future of care for older people in Derbyshire.

“As a result we are now proposing to develop local alternatives to the homes requiring major work or to invest in significant repairs to bring homes up to the best possible standards. Where we can create en-suite facilities - which make such a difference to infection control within homes - we will do so, and we are keen to work to encourage developers to come and build new homes in line with our accommodation strategy which will also help to boost Derbyshire’s post-Covid economy.

“We know that the consultation brought about concern for residents and families and I regret the anxiety it caused. It was, however, vital that we carried out the consultation given the condition of the buildings, their urgent need for major repairs, the potential cost and the disruption to residents that refurbishments could bring about. Those homes are simply not fit for purpose and we will not accept that for Derbyshire’s older and vulnerable people.

“We will now work to create homes fit for the 21st century that support our commitment to the wellbeing of those in our care whilst ensuring the minimum possible disruption to our residents. Further plans for investment will be brought to the Cabinet for consideration and we will work with residents and families as we move forward.”

Cabinet will consider the report at a virtual Cabinet meeting at 2pm on Thursday 4 June 2020.

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