Plymouth considers closing care homes in cash crisis

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Plymouth City Council could close two of its six residential homes as part of a budget review. The city is facing a cash crisis, including a £3 million social services overspend. Torybrook residential home in Plympton and Granby residential home in Devonport have been earmarked for possible closure, with total savings of up to £500,000. The homes selected for possible closure were chosen on the basis of the number of long term residents, alternative accommodation in the area, the condition of the buildings and potential savings. Granby currently has 12 long term stay elderly residents, while Torybrook has 30 residents. Council officers say that the savings could be used to keep other homes open. Conservative council leader Patrick Nicholson described the closure decisions as “very difficult” and social services chairman Ted Fry said the best possible alternatives were being sought to meet the specific needs of the residents who would be affected. “Any disruption to clients caused by these proposals will be

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