Care home to close and be ‘modernised’

GOVERNMENT cuts have forced a Gainsborough care home to be axed but will be replaced with ‘modernised’ services.

Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive agreed on Wednesday 5th January to close five county council-run residential care homes and replace them with modern, improved accommodation and services.

The Cedars on Morton Terrace, Gainsborough is among those to be closed and will be replaced with services for 10 intermediate care beds, 18 respite care beds and 50 day care places.

Other homes in Lincoln, Boston, Spalding and Louth will also close, as the council says that services for intermediate, respite and day care will be provided in a better way in each locality.

No home will close until new services are ready to be used.

Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care Graham Marsh said: “We have looked closely at the consultation and considered the feedback from all who responded and worked with community liaison groups around each home.”

“We want to ensure older people have the best accommodation and services in place to support them and improved, modern accommodation will be provided in the areas where the five homes will close,”

Coun Marsh continued: “We have ensured there will be adequate provision of intermediate, respite and day care in all these areas and in many cases these will be enhanced. Detailed plans will be in place for the transition which will involve staff consultation and working with those who use the services and their families.”

He added: “We remain committed to providing the best possible care for our growing population of older people in Lincolnshire and reshaping services to give greater choice and control for those who need support as they move over to their own personal budgets. We want to ensure they have the best quality of life, with effective support to help them live independently for as long as they can.”