When:



  •  and 

Type of content:

Category:

05 October 2016

Council launches major care home modernisation consultation

Old person and carer

As part of ongoing plans to improve care services for the elderly, this week Cumbria County Council will launch a major county-wide consultation on council run residential care homes.

 

The consultation will start on 5 October and proposals include potential changes in Carlisle, Copeland, Barrow and South Lakeland. The consultation is available to view on the council website here.

 

In Carlisle it is proposed to build a new state of the art 60 bed residential care home which would specialise in care for people with dementia and complex care needs. If agreed this would eventually mean the relocation of services from three care homes in the Carlisle city area; Elizabeth Welsh House, Langrigg House and Petteril House and as a result these care homes would no longer be needed.

 

In Copeland it is proposed to build a new state of the art 60 bed residential care home in Whitehaven which would also specialise in care for people with dementia and complex care needs.  Again, if agreed this would eventually mean the relocation of services from four care homes;  Brackenthwaite, Castlemount, Dentholme, Powbeck House and a result these care homes would no longer be needed.

 

In Barrow following the opening of the new state of the art Park View Gardens home it is proposed that residents from Combe House on Walney could move to either the new care home in Barrow or to the refurbished Elmhurst Care home in Ulverston, depending on their preferred choice. They would move with their existing staff team to ensure continuity of care. If, following consultation, this happens then the council wants to look at potential options for the future use of this site, possibly retaining it for use in the provision of services for the wider community.  Again as part of this consultation the council is seeking views now on how Combe house could be used in the future if a decision was taken to deregister it.

 

In South Lakeland the council has already invested in a full refurbishment of Elmhurst care home in Ulverston which will be complete in February 2017. Residents would have the option of accommodation at the refurbished Elmhurst or at the new Park View Gardens care home in Barrow, depending on their own needs and personal choice. If agreed  then Marsh House care home will no longer be needed.

 

Cllr Beth Furneaux, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

 

“This consultation is about the modernisation of Cumbria Care to ensure that it meets the expectations of an aging population who want to live independently for as long as possible.  Unusually here in Cumbria, unlike many other authorities, we have chosen to continue to invest, and indeed invest heavily, in improving our care services including a programme to replace our older care homes. This is an investment of over £22 million, taking account of the refurbishment of Elmhurst, the development of Park View Gardens and the proposed new homes in Whitehaven and Carlisle.

 

“But to make these improvements and provide state of the art care homes and care support will mean that some of our older buildings are no longer needed. This consultation is an opportunity to hear what our residents and their families want and a chance for the people of Cumbria to tell us about what care services they would want in the future.

 

“I’m very keen for people to read the proposals in full and respond to the consultation. I want to ensure that myself and my colleagues on the council’s Cabinet  have all the information in front of us when it comes to making the decision on the proposals in February next year.”

 

Any new proposed care homes will have up to date facilities which would include:

 

-    All bedrooms to be en-suite incorporating living space for a small sofa or comfy chairs depending on what residents want

-    A homely environment

-    access to specially designed and suitable outside space and gardens

-     the highest dementia care standards

-    assisted bathrooms

-    dedicated restaurant and dining area(s)

 

The proposals also help secure a better future for our Cumbria Care staff.

 

As part of any change we will also continue to support the delivery of care in Cumbria with a wide range of additional services that help people stay at home, services we are already using and rolling out, including:

 

  • Extra Care Housing with dedicated on site care teams to provide support 24/7 to people who need it.

  • Reablement to help people rebuild their skills, abilities and confidence, for example after illness, injury or loss of a personal support network.

  • Assistive technology like Falls Detectors, Epilepsy Sensors, and Low Temperature Sensors, to help keep people safe at home.

 

The proposals in the consultation reflect significant issues facing the council and the way it provides social care. Most importantly:

 

  • Changing expectations and demands from older people who want to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

  • Changes to the standards of residential accommodation expected by the government’s regulator the Care Quality Commission.

  • An aging population, with more people living for longer.

  • Pressure on council budgets as a result of ongoing reductions in funding from government.

 

The consultation will open on 5 October and close on 23 December. The council’s Cabinet will receive a report on the consultation at their February 2017 meeting where they will make the final decision.

 

Full details of the consultation can be found at www.cumbria.gov.uk and in local libraries.
Categories:
Tags:
As part of ongoing plans to improve care services for the elderly, this week Cumbria County Council will launch a major county-wide consultation on council run residential care homes.