Popular care home to stay open as review continues

10 September 2013

 A popular residential home for older people that was selected for possible closure will now stay open.

Our Beechcroft care home in West Hallam had been earmarked as a potential site for a new development of extra care housing for older people.

If the plans had gone ahead, it would have led to the care home in Nursery Avenue closing and being replaced with new apartments aimed at people aged over 55.

The proposal to close Beechcroft was included in plans put in place at the beginning of 2012, which included closing around 20 council-run residential homes over the next five to seven years and building up to 27 extra care housing schemes countywide.

Following the local elections in May, our new Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Councillor Clare Neill began an urgent review of the plans for residential accommodation and care with a view to keeping at least some of the residential homes open.

The first home to be reviewed was Beechcroft, and after looking closely at the plan for the home, Councillor Neill recommended it should stay open.

This was agreed by Cabinet at its meeting today (Tuesday 10 September).

Cabinet also agreed to halt plans to replace The Spinney home for older people in Brimington, Chesterfield and New Bassett House home for older people in Shirebrook with extra care housing after the review deemed both sites to be unsuitable.

The long-term future of The Spinney and New Bassett House, along with other county council-run homes, will form part of a full consultation to be carried out later this year.

Councillor Neill said:

 "I would like to keep at least some of our care homes open and I am delighted that Beechcroft is the first home to be saved.

"We are still carrying out our review of residential care and will be looking closely at all the plans.

"I want to make sure that we strike the right balance between investing in supporting people to live in their own homes for as long as possible; ensuring older people can choose to live in a residential home owned and managed by Derbyshire County Council and extra care apartments."

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