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Elderly care home plans are a step closer in York


12:24pm 2nd November 2011

Plans for elderly care homes in York are changing.

Proposals see 9 facilities knocked-down and 3 state-of-the-art new-builds developed.

The Council have been discussing the plans which are based on results from a public consultation.

City of York Council:

Members of the council’s Cabinet last night (1 November) approved plans to work towards a new vision for care for older people in York The results of a citywide consultation in to the future of residential care for older people showed that nine out of ten of the 1163 respondents agreed with the council’s vision of care in the future. Following the consultation, councillors agreed to progress plans to begin a three to four year phased programme to build new developments on the existing sites at Fordlands and Haxby Hall and a new site at Lowfields.

A six-week consultation will now begin with residents, relatives and staff at Fordlands and Oliver House. Consultation will also take place at the other seven homes on the proposed overall plan, for these homes to move into the new facilities as they open over the next four years. A report to Cabinet in January 2012 will consider the outcome of the consultation and, if Cabinet decide to proceed with the closures, the first homes could close in April 2012 as part of the first phase of the redevelopment.

Councillor Tracey Simpson Laing. Cabinet member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services, said:

“We are now keen to build from the strong and endorsing consultation feedback we received from residents across the city.

”Our main priority is ensuring that residents and relatives in our existing residential homes are supported during this consultation and are able to have a say on the proposals and the timescales. We’ll be working closely with residents at Fordlands, Oliver and across all the homes to discuss the plans with them.

“We want to ensure that this group of citizens continue to receive the best possible care in the best possible facilities for the future.”

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