Heanor care home to close?

Plans to replace a home for older people with a specialist community care centre are due to be discussed by Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet next week.

At its meeting on Tuesday 4 September the council’s Cabinet will consider a proposal to close its Florence Shipley Home for Older People in Market Place, Heanor.

The plan would see the residential home being replaced with a purpose-built 32-bed specialist community care centre that would combine a wide range of services including short and long-term accommodation for older people, including those with dementia, and community facilities under one roof.

The council’s Cabinet will consider a report at next week’s meeting which includes views of residents, relatives, staff, local people and other interested parties, gathered during a 12 week consultation held earlier this year.

Residents and their relatives have been told when the meeting is being held and have been given copies of the report.

If a decision is made by Cabinet to close the home, it would happen within six months and residents would be helped to move to alternative accommodation.

Assurances have been given to all residents and their relatives that if a decision is made to close the home full assessments of all residents would be carried out and support would be given to them and their families to find suitable accommodation elsewhere and make the moves as smooth as possible.

All the long-term residents would be guaranteed a place in the new specialist community care centre when it was built if that is what they wanted.

The specialist community care centre would include:

* 16 long-term residential care beds for older people – including specialist care for people with dementia in a secure environment

* 16 short-term residential care beds to help more people return home or stay at home, respite care and rehabilitation

* day care – including activities aimed at older people to promote health and wellbeing such as chair-based exercise classes, themed sessions for people with dementia and their carers, support for carers and special interest groups like walking and dancing

* a health and wellbeing zone offering advice on health, diet, fitness and finance