Council considers plans to close up to 11 care homes

Derbyshire County Council is to consider plans to close up to 11 care homes and eight day centres as part of a shift to a new model of residential and day care.

The model would focus on short-term enablement for older people and specialist services for people with dementia and their carers, offering a mix of specialist dementia care and respite care to support their carers, including integrated and flexible specialist dementia day services.

Cabinet member for adult care, councillor Natalie Hoy said: “People tell us that they want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, and with the right help and support, they can. This has led to a decline in demand for traditional residential care.

“With a growing number of people in Derbyshire living with dementia, we need to focus our resources on having the right options to support them and their carers, which would give us the resources needed to meet demand while ensuring adult care and health is sustainable so we can continue to support people who need us most.”

Under one of two options to be considered, there would be 11 care home closures: Briar Close, Borrowash; Bennerley Fields, Cotmanhay; Castle Court, Swadlincote; Florence Shipley, Heanor; The Grange, Eckington; Lacemaker Court, Long Eaton; The Leys, Ashbourne; New Bassett House, Shirebrook; Rowthorne, Swanwick; Thomas Colledge, Bolsover; Whitestones, Chapel-en-le-Frith.

The plans would also see the closure of eight day care centres: Blackwell Day Centre, Blackwell, Bolsover; Ecclesfold Resource Centre, Chapel-en-le-Frith; Fabrick Day Services, Clay Cross; Hasland Resource Centre, Chesterfield; Jubilee Centre, New Mills; Queen’s Court, Fairfield, Buxton; Shirevale Resource Centre, Shirebrook and Valley View Day Centre, Hillstown. Bolsover.

The council’s cabinet is to consider a consultation on the proposals on 29 April.

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