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Two care homes to close in York

Elderly hands

10:24am 11th January 2012

City of York Council Statement:

Members of City of York Council’s Cabinet last night (10 January) agreed to progress the new vision for residential care for older people in York.

Councillors agreed to begin a three to four year phased programme to build new residential care developments on the existing sites at Fordlands and Haxby Hall and a new site at Lowfields in Acomb. The decision followed an extensive citywide consultation, which showed widespread support for the council’s vision for future care.

At yesterday’s meeting, and following further one-to-one consultation with the 28 residents and relatives of the affected homes, members have agreed to close Oliver House and Fordlands Elderly Persons’ Homes by the end of March.

The vast majority of residents have identified where they would prefer to move to - mainly to other council homes - and most will move to their new home with other residents and staff  that they know.

Staff were also consulted on the proposals and will move to similar posts within the council’s other homes - no staff will be made redundant as a result of these closures.

The closure of Fordlands will allow the site to be demolished and prepared for the construction of a new 55-bed residential care facility. This is in line with feedback submitted to Cabinet after the citywide consultation which also expressed a desire for the council to fund, build and operate the new care homes.

The capital costs of building a new care home at Fordlands and Haxby Hall are estimated to be £3.7 million each, which includes build costs and planning, architect, quantity surveyor and project management fees.

A further report to Cabinet in April will include detailed financial modelling and options for affording the overall modernisation programme on the three sites.

Members of the Cabinet also agreed to a soft market testing exercise for the care village on the Lowfield site. The exercise will be carried out throughout January and February to gather ideas and experience from developers and providers of existing care villages to inform the options and final plans for an innovative state of the art care village on the six acre site. These options and final plans will be presented to Cabinet in April.

Councillor Tracey Simpson Laing, Cabinet member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services, City of York Council, said:

“We recognise that these are decisions that have a significant impact on people’s lives and we do not take them lightly. However, we remain committed to ensuring that we can provide high quality residential care that meets the changing needs of older people in the future. Our main priority now is supporting the residents and staff through their moves.”

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