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02 February 2017

State of the art care homes is the right way to go

Today Cabinet embarked on the next step in its bold journey to modernise care and improve the councils care facilities, following a period of consultation on how Cumbria County Council currently provides residential care.

This follows the Cabinet decision in February 2016 to build 2 state of the art care homes. One in Carlisle and one in Copeland.

This means that once the new care homes are built, over time residents and staff will move into the brand new facilities and a number of homes will be vacated and no longer be used to provide residential care. These homes are:

  • Carlisle - Petteril House, Elizabeth Welsh and Langrigg House

  • Copeland - Dentholme, Powbeck, Castlemount and Brackenthwaite.

Cabinet also took the decision to cease residential care at Marsh House and Coombe House, providing residents with a choice of relocating to Elmhurst in Ulverston, which has been recently refurbished, or to the new state of the art Parkview Gardens in Barrow,

Commenting on the decision Cllr Beth Furneaux, Cabinet member for Health and Care Services said:

“I would like to say thank you to the people who took part in our consultation, which included those in residential care, their families and the public. I am proud to be part of council that is committed to providing the very best care for those who need it, Investing over £20million into state of the art care homes for the people of Cumbria.   This approach also ensures that our staff are working in an environment that enables them to deliver the very highest standard of care.

This ambition to invest and improve is now starting to be realised, with today’s decision and of course the fact that the first of our new care homes, Parkview Gardens in Barrow, has actually now opened its doors with its first residents moving in in the last week or so.

How we deliver care is a top priority for the council as people are living longer and their expectations of care are changing.”

The £12m investment required to build these new care homes was approved by Full Council in February 2016. The new homes are expected to be open in 2018/19.

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Today Cabinet embarked on the next step in its bold journey to modernise care and improve the councils care facilities, following a period of consultation on how Cumbria County Council currently provides residential care.