Two new homes for Darlington?
Plans for two new private residential homes in the North East, with a total 120 bed capacity, are under consideration by a local authority. A new 60-bed care home would be built at Hundens Park, Darlington, and the former council-owned Winton House, also in Darlington, would be converted into another 60-bed home. The extra care accommodation would ease the bed blocking problem in hospitals in the area. Maureen Horton, chairwoman of the townÂ¹s independent sector provider group, said the extra provision would be a help for the town. “There is an obvious shortage of beds in Darlington for elderly people, and that has been illustrated by the bed-blocking problems at Darlington Memorial Hospital,” Ms Horton said. “You might say the situation is becoming dire, but this will be a big help in alleviating the shortage of care facilities for older people. “We want to raise standards of care facilities in Darlington. We in the independent sector are working together to achieve that, and we hope these planned developmen