Residential and community care overhaul go ahead in Derbyshire

MAJOR plans to ‘transform’ residential and community care across Derbyshire have been given the green light.

Chad reported last week how Derbyshire County Council wants to shut local elderly and residential homes and replace them with new facilities as part of a £200m overhaul.

And at a cabinet meeting on Monday, senior councillor’s rubber-stamped the scheme - which they say will provide five-star accommodation, care and support services for everyone in Derbyshire within five miles of where they live.

Twenty county council-run care homes will be replaced under the plans - with Holmlea in Tibshelf one of the first nine to be affected.

Council bosses have hailed the move as one of Derbyshire’s biggest ever investments in specialist housing, day care and residential services for older people across the county over the next five to seven years.

The plans would see many of the county’s traditional residential homes being replaced with modern state-of-the-art one and two-bedroomed apartments available at affordable rents or to buy.

A series of consultations will start in April, at residential homes which may be affected.

No decisions on whether or not to close individual homes will be made until full consultation has been carried out with everyone who would be affected.

Said Coun Charles Jones, the county council’s cabinet member for adult care: “We want everyone to have their own front door and live independently for as long as possible in five-star accommodation and surroundings.

“Our plans for extra care mean couples would be able to stay together and have 24/7 on site care if they need it, and there would be an excellent mix of services available for all older people in Derbyshire.

“We would also be providing new state-of-the-art residential care for people with the most complex needs including advanced dementia, within 10 miles of where they live.”

More than £200m will be spent on building around 1,600 new two-bedroomed flats to replace existing homes over the next seven years.

As well as building new flats on 27 sites around the county, the council also wants to create two new residential and community care centres in Darley Dale and Heanor.

Residents would be moved out of Holmlea, which has 40 spaces while it is demolished and a new ‘extra care centre’ would be built on the same Waverley Street site with 75 spaces.

It would include modern sheltered accommodation-style apartments with 24-hour care, plus a day care centre.

Residents would be accomodated elsewhere during the build and offered places in the new centre.

But the move has been questioned by some community leaders who believe a revamo and extension at Holmlea would be more suitable.

Under the plans The Glebe, a 32-space home, on Church Street in Alfreton, would be subject to closure and replacement along with 11 other homes in a second, later stage of change in up to five years’ time.

Rowthorne, which has 40 spaces on Rowthorne Avenue in Swanwick, would also be closed in the second stage.