Stoke may axe 300 places


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

Stoke may halve the number of its residential care home places, from 600 to 300, according to a council report. This would mean closure of at least six of the council¹s care homes, but the £2.5 million a year saved would be ploughed into more homecare, rehabilitation, specialist services and sheltered housing. The report, entitled “The balance of care for older people”, recommends creating 200 sheltered housing places by 2006, creating 40 new places for rehabilitation and developing six specialist resource centres offering flexible care for people who are frail or have dementia. It also recommends that people should have the freedom to buy care for themselves and that more homecare should be made available. Jane Emms, chief officer of Age Concern North Staffordshire, has welcomed the report. “The review is quite right to put more focus on rehabilitation and alternatives to long term care which improve and maximise their quality of life,” Ms Emms said.





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