However, an independent survey has found that some of our older care homes need extensive work to bring them up to modern standards, including rewiring. This work could cost more than £34 million.
Even if repairs were carried out, some of our homes are no longer fit for the purpose of providing high quality care for older people with increasingly complex needs.
It means we have to consider whether significant expenditure on these homes when there is a diminishing need for them in the future would be a good use of public money.
Taking this into account, our Cabinet agreed on 23 January 2019 to consult on the closure of 7 of our older homes and to refurbish 3.
No decisions will be made about the future of any of the homes until we have considered all the responses received.
The homes proposed for closure are:
- Ladycross House, Travers Road, Sandiacre
- Beechcroft, Nursery Avenue, West Hallam
- East Clune, West Street, Clowne (including East Clune Day Centre)
- Holmlea, Waverley Street, Tibshelf
- The Spinney, Landsdowne Road, Brimington
- Goyt Valley House, Jubilee Street, New Mills
- Gernon Manor, Haddon Road, Bakewell
The homes proposed for refurbishment are:
- Briar Close House, Briar Close, Borrowash
- Rowthorne, Rowthorne Avenue, Swanwick
- New Bassett House, Park Avenue, Shirebrook
As work would be disruptive, residents would be offered the opportunity to move out temporarily while the work took place if they wish.
If they chose not to move out, they may still be required to re-locate within the home to allow work to take place in certain areas.
Residents, relatives and carers would be fully supported by our staff during this time and their care will not be compromised in any way.
Our staff will continue to work hard to ensure all our residents are well-cared for and comfortable and they have everything they need.
We will publish the independent condition surveys into the homes online shortly.
Read our press release on the future of care homes