Peterborough City Council's Cabinet will be
asked to consider the future of two care homes at its meeting on
Tuesday 10 July 2012 as part of a review which looks to ensure that
all care home accommodation in Peterborough is high quality and
meets modern day standards.
The report has been submitted to Cabinet
following a review of the Strategy for Older People's Accommodation
and Housing Related Support Services which was published in
The vision outlined in this strategy remains
the same, which is for people to be assisted to live in their own
home for as long as possible; to develop extra care housing as a
high quality option for people needing higher levels of care and
support; and to ensure appropriate specialist services are in place
to meet local needs.
At its meeting Cabinet will be asked to
consider commencing consultation into the closure of the two care
homes run by the city council, Greenwood House in South Parade,
Netherton, and Welland House in Poplar Avenue, Dogsthorpe.
If Cabinet approves the proposals,
consultation will begin with residents of the homes, respite and
day care users, families, carers and advocates and affected staff
on Monday 16 July 2012. At the end of this period Cabinet will
consider all the comments and make a final decision which is
expected to be in the autumn.
Wayne Fitzgerald, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:
“A key priority for us is to ensure we are meeting the needs of
older people and vulnerable adults in the city.
“We want to support every older person to
maintain their independence and ensure they are able to live in
accommodation which is high quality and modern.
"As part of the strategy we are considering
the future options for the two care homes which are directly run by
the council. This review is taking place because these care homes,
whilst delivering an appropriate standard of care, have poor
standards of accommodation including limited space, small bedrooms
and no en-suite facilities. We want to ensure that all care homes
provide the best possible facilities, including spaces needed for
activities such as physical activity and keep fit or simply to
"I would like to stress at this stage that no
decision has been made. Cabinet will be asked to agree for
consultation to begin with residents of the homes, respite and day
care users, families, carers and advocates and affected staff. Once
this consultation closes we will consider any comments that are
made before making a decision."
The council is talking to residents of the
homes as well as respite and day care users and carers and
relatives, to set out the reasons change might be needed. Events
are also being held at the two homes to enable all those affected
and their families, carers and advocates, the chance to speak to
the city council about the proposed plans. In addition, the council
is working with Age UK Peterborough to ensure people who are not
fortunate enough to have a carer, friend or relative can have an
advocate to make sure their views are heard, understood and taken