Care homes to close in £22m council shake-up


Cumbria County Council has announced plans to shut a number of care homes as it invests £22m in new facilities.

The council has launched a consultation on the closure of seven care homes in Carlisle and Copeland, as well as homes in Ulverston and Walney.

Carlisle homes Elizabeth Welsh House in Harraby, Langrigg House in Morton and Petteril House in Old Harraby, as well as Copeland homes in Brackenthwaite and Pow Beck in Whitehaven, Castle Mount in Egremont and Dentholme in Cleator Moor, are to be replaced by single new build homes in each district, the News & Star reports.

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Elsewhere, the council is proposing to close Marsh House in Victoria Road, Ulverston and move its residents elsewhere, while residents in Coombe House in Walney (pictured) are to be rehoused in a new state of the art home in Barrow, the North-West Evening Mail says.

The revamp in Carlisle and Copeland with see the start-up of two new £6m homes caring for people living with dementia and complex needs.

Marsh House and Coombe House are likewise to be replaced with a new home and the refurbishment of Elmhurst care home in Ulverston.

Beth Furneaux, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “This consultation is about the modernisation of Cumbria Care, making it fit for the future and meeting the expectations of an ageing population who want to live independently for as long as possible.

“Unusually here in Cumbria, unlike many other authorities, we have chosen to continue to invest, and indeed invest heavily, in improving our care services including a programme to replace our older care homes.

“This is an investment of over £22m, taking account of the refurbishment of Elmhurst, the development of Park View Gardens, in Barrow, and the proposed new homes in Whitehaven and Carlisle.”

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