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Council launches consultation on future of seven care homes

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Seven care homes in Derbyshire are facing potential closure following the launch of a council consultation.

The 12-week consultation launched on 8 December and closes on Friday, 4 March, 2022.

Options include rewiring and major refurbishment works costing £30m which would require residents to move out for up to 40 weeks although a council report warned the homes would still not be fit for purpose.

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The other options involve the closure of the homes and movement of residents to alternative care provision.

Councillor Natalie Hoy said: “Everyone’s views are important to us so we’re keen to hear from as many people as possible. Doing nothing isn’t an option and whatever the decision we will fully support our residents, their families and our staff throughout.”

Long-term admissions to residential care homes in Derbyshire dropped by a quarter before the pandemic and have fallen by a further 20% in 2020/21, the council said.

Almost 40% of care home providers are reporting occupancy rates below 80%.

The affected homes are: Ladycross House, Travers Road, Sandiacre; Beechcroft, Nursery Avenue, West Hallam; East Clune, West Street, Clowne (including East Clune Day Centre); Holmlea, Waverley Street, Tibshelf; The Spinney, Landsdowne Road, Woodlands, Brimington; Goyt Valley House, Jubilee Street, New Mills; and Gernon Manor, Dagnell Gardens, Bakewell.

To find out more about the proposals and take part in the consultation visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/care-home-review

 

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