Over a thousand have their say on the future care of elderly
3:18pm 13th October 2011
Over 1,000 York residents have had their say on the future provision of residential accommodation for older people in the city.
During the three-month consultation (mid-July to mid-October) local people were asked for their views on the outcome of a review into the age and condition, location and suitability for future care needs of City of York Council’s nine residential elderly persons’ care homes.
The review presented a range of options for addressing increased demand for specialist care (dementia and high dependency) and reduced demand for traditional residential care. The council often has people waiting for a dementia care or high dependency care bed in its specialist care homes. But in its other residential homes there are over 40 vacancies and one is less than 50 per cent full.
With many of the council’s residential care homes aged 40 to 50 years old and 33 out of 276 rooms only providing ensuite, there was a clear need to improve these standards of living, provide modern facilities and specialist care for existing and future residents.
Throughout the consultation period 1,163 residents responded to the online and hard copy questionnaire and over 100 people attended four public consultation meetings. In addition, there have been a wide range of meetings and workshops to hear the views of council care staff and key organisations like Health, Age UK York and York Older People’s Assembly.
Councillor Tracy Simpson Laing, Cabinet member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services, City of York Council, said:
“I’m extremely grateful for, but not surprised by, the large number of responses we’ve had to the consultation, because this going to help shape how we care for future generations of older people in York.
“The consultation is a huge significance for the city and how we care for our most vulnerable older people now and in the future. We will now take our time to review all of the feedback from the consultation period and consider this at council’s Cabinet on 1st November.”
During the consultation period the council wrote to and met with a wide range of people, including residents currently living in the council's nine care homes; other local people who receive day care and respite care in the homes; family and friends of all residents and day or respite visitors; council staff providing care in the homes; older people’s representative groups and voluntary sector providers; health partners, and the private sector.
The council also held four public meetings to gather residents’ views and held consultation sessions in three supermarkets.
General information about the consultation can be found on the council’s website www.york.gov.uk/eph
The feedback from the consultation period will be collated and will form part of a report to the council’s Cabinet on 1st November. At that meeting the Cabinet, having considered the consultation feedback, will decide how it wants the council to proceed.
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