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Outcome of the consultation on the future of care homes for older people

4 June 2020

Between 31 January and 24 April this year we asked people for their views on the future of 10 council-run care homes.

Seven homes were proposed for closure (Ladycross House in Sandiacre, Beechcroft, West Hallam; East Clune, Clowne; Holmlea, Tibshelf; The Spinney, Brimington; Goyt Valley House, New Mills and Gernon Manor, Bakewell) and 3 were proposed to have major refurbishments (Briar Close House in Borrowash, Rowthorne in Swanwick and New Bassett House in Shirebrook).

The consultation took place because building surveys revealed that significant repair and refurbishment, including rewiring in some cases, is required at the homes to bring them up to the necessary standards. The cost of the repairs, combined with the significant disruption involved to residents and the fact that many of the homes are not currently fit for purpose, meant that we needed to consult on the future of the homes.

As a result of the consultation, and the changes that the coronavirus pandemic has brought to the care market in Derbyshire, Cabinet today agreed that we will not close any of our care homes until suitable alternative provision is in place and to carry out refurbishments to a number of homes.

Plans for the work needed are being drawn up and will be brought to Cabinet in the coming months.