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The future of elderly care in York

Elderly hands

12:00am 12th August 2011

Residents asked for their views on future care of elderly.

York residents are being asked to have their say on the future provision of residential accommodation for older people over the next few weeks.

Local people will be asked for the views on the outcome of a council review, which considered the age and condition, location and suitability for future care needs of its nine existing residential elderly persons' care homes.

The council's Cabinet considered the review at its meeting on 19th July and agreed that a citywide consultation should be carried out so local people could put forward their views on the future care needs of the city.

The review has a huge significance for the city and how we care for our most vulnerable older people now and in the future, and the council is keen to ensure that everyone who wants to has an opportunity to comment on the issues and options out for consultation.

Between now and mid-October the council is writing to, and meeting with a wide range of people to gather their views on the report. This includes 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 like GPs and York Hospital; and residential care homes in the private sector.

The council is also keen to hear the views of the wider York public and is looking to capture these through a variety of methods, including:

Four public consultation meetings on

o    Thursday 1st September, 7.00-8.30pm - Gateway Centre, Acomb
o    Monday 5th September, 7.00-8.30pm - Haxby Memorial Hall, Haxby
o    Tuesday 6th September, 7.00-8.30pm - St Oswalds Church Hall, Fulford
o    Monday 19th September, 2.00pm - as part of York Older People's Assembly's open meeting at the Friends Meeting House, Friargate.

"    Consultation displays/stands in supermarkets and at the York 50+ Festival Information Fair in September
"    A postal survey of a sample of 2,600 older people
"    An on-line survey available on the council's website

Hard copies of the Consultation Background and Questionnaire will also be available in all council libraries.

Other avenues for queries and feedback on the review include:

o    By phone: Leave a message on voicemail at Tel: (01904) 554359 and someone will get back to you
o    By e-mail: Write to carehomes.consultation@york.gov.uk
o    By post: Write to Care Homes Consultation Feedback, City of York Council, 10/12 George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6LP.

The feedback from this three-month 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.

The council will also provide updates during the consultation process - to answer any particular queries or concerns that are raised - and these will be available on the council's website at www.york.gov.uk/eph.

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