New home is part of county-wide scheme

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RESIDENTS at a Heanor care home will have to move into alternative care if plans to replace the home with a care centre get the go-ahead.

Derbyshire County Council (DCC) is proposing to close Florence Shipley Home for Older People in Market Place, Heanor, and build the new centre that would combine a wide range of services for older people under one roof.

A 12-week consultation asking people who would be affected by the closure of 26-bed Florence Shipley what they think of the proposals ended on Tuesday. A report will be compiled before the Cabinet makes a decision in September.

If the home is closed residents would have to move to alternative care within six months of the decision being taken.

DCC Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Charles Jones said: “If, following the consultation at Florence Shipley, a decision is taken to close the home, then each resident would have an assessment of their needs and we would work closely with them, their relatives, friends or advocates, to find the right place for them to move to.”

Labour Amber Valley councillor Paul Jones said: “We think it’s a good idea to retain it in the town and it would be a significant investment in the town. It ticks quite a few boxes in my opinion.”

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Before anyone is moved a full assessment of their needs would be carried out and support to residents and their families would be made available throughout the whole process.

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how many full timer beds in florence shipley?

isnt there a shortfall of beds?

jobs? how many in each home/centre?

shouldn’t there be an expansion with ageing population we hear so much about?

cost of the replacement centre?

where would the residents be be put ?

how many residents are expected to be rehoused?

The specialist community care centre would include: 16 long-term beds for older people and 16 short-term beds to help more people return home or stay at home;

The centre will also feature day care activities like exercise classes, themed sessions for people with dementia and their carers, and support and advice for carers and special interest groups like walking and dancing.

People who still want to have their views considered should do so by the deadline of 26 June 2012.

All views will be taken into account when a report is written for the county council’s Cabinet to consider, scheduled for September 2012.

Before anyone is moved a full assessment of their needs would be carried out and support to residents and their families would be made available throughout the whole process.