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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Cumbria council agrees not to close two care homes

Two of Cumbria's three care homes under threat of closure have been saved.

Cumbria County Council had proposed the closure of Park Lodge at Aspatria and Richmond Park in Workington.

But they have been reprieved following a public consultation that showed strong opposition to closure.

The third home, Woodlands at Distington, will close as planned.

The council has also agreed to look in more detail at the development of extra care schemes in Workington and Aspatria.

investment in high level home care services and upgrades for two further homes were also approved.

High level services allow people to remain supported at home. They combine a traditional home care service with basic nursing tasks.

They are currently only available during the night in the Allerdale and Distington area but will be expanded to 24 hours, seven days a week.

Parkside in Maryport and Inglewood at Wigton will be upgraded to improve care for people with dementia. The changes could include signage, floor coverings, assistive technology - devices and systems that support independence and a safer environment - and decoration.

The first stage of Woodlands' closure will be to stop admissions.

The council will work with residents, their families and staff on the most appropriate alternative care and ensure the move aids the well-being of residents. Depending on the needs of individuals, this will happen over the next 12 months.

The council will also work with staff and the trade unions to develop options including redeployment into vacancies within Cumbria Care and across the wider council.

Coun James Airey, cabinet member for adult social care, said the modernisation of services was essential to provide older people with choice about their care and support to live independently.

“We have taken on board the concerns raised about availability of residential services. In both Aspatria and Workington ideas emerged from the consultation and we want to work with the community to explore those options in more detail.

“We took the decision to close Woodlands as the building is dated and there are a number of alternative services already available that support people with high level needs. We will do everything we can to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible for those affected,” he added.

Council leader Eddie Martin said they had listened to the community.

"We feel that retaining the facilities at Park Lodge and Richmond Park and closing Woodlands, along with the investment in community services and our exploration of extra care schemes, are the right decisions," he added.

Have your say

anon - Im aware its jut the district councils - everyone knows that. My point being that Mr Martin will want to show the public that his Tory party are actually "Fantastic" & you should vote for them - look at what we've saved blah blah blah.

Which is pretty cheap if you ask me & my point being it shouldnt have got to this stage in the first place.

I therefore echo what Bob says - PLEASE MR MARTIN, RESIGN & DO THIS COUNTY A FAVOUR.

Posted by Marraman on 16 April 2012 at 08:41

about time the Council made a sensible decision but it should have never been decided.

Eddie Martin I like many others think you should step down!

Posted by Bob on 12 April 2012 at 23:42

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