Proposals aimed at keeping the majority of our care homes open have been agreed, as consultations in to the future of homes in Ripley and Alfreton are launched.
At a meeting of cabinet last week, councillors agreed to launch the consultations in to the closures and people are now being encouraged to have their say on the proposals.
We have been planning to change the way we deliver accommodation, care and support to older people since 2012 when a strategy was unveiled to close up to 20 of its residential care homes and replace them with extra care apartments.
Under the 2012 plan, only four of our residential care homes would have remained open.
That plan was paused in 2013, following a change of administration and a review of how we provide accommodation, care and support to older people was started, with a view to keeping more of our care homes open.
The result of the review has led to the new proposals being drawn up.
Following agreement at the meeting, consultations into the proposed closures will now be launched.
Homes proposed for possible closure are The Willows, Field Terrace, Ripley and The Glebe, Church Street, Alfreton. There are other homes in Ilkeston, Chesterfield and Chapel-en-le-Frith also undergoing consultation.
The in-depth review carried out before the new proposals were drawn up looked at every aspect of each home and centre, including the condition of the building, facilities for residents including bathrooms, whether the building could be adapted to meet the increasing needs of future residents, the cost of running the service now and of maintaining the building to meet current standards, dementia suitability and energy consumption.
The proposed closures form part of a wider plan, which aims to ensure we can afford to continue providing high quality specialist residential care and also meet the pressures of a growing older population.
Residents, their families and local people are now being encouraged to have their say on the proposed closures before any decisions aremade.
The consultations into the proposed closures will run until Wednesday September 16 and there are a number of ways that people can give their views.
Residents and family members will get the opportunity to have their say at meetings held at the homes, where our consultation officers will be on hand to ensure everyone’s views are noted and fed into the consultation.
Residents and their families will also be able to meet with consultation officers individually to give their views.
People will also be able to find out more information and give their views online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk, as well as writing, phoning or emailing their views.
A decision on all proposed closures is likely to be taken in November this year.