Council unveils £200m care plan

UNAFFECTED: The Whitestones facility in Chapel-en-le-Frith would not be affected by Derbyshire County Council's ambitious �200 million scheme to transform residential and community care across the county. BA060627C.

UNAFFECTED: The Whitestones facility in Chapel-en-le-Frith would not be affected by Derbyshire County Council's ambitious �200 million scheme to transform residential and community care across the county. BA060627C.

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AMBITIOUS £200 million plans to transform residential and community care in Derbyshire have been revealed this week.

Derbyshire County Council’s plans, thought to the first of the kind in the country, would see many of the county’s traditional local authority residential homes replaced with apartments available to rent or buy.

Due to go before the council’s cabinet on Monday, the authority said the scheme would mean brand new care and support services would be available within ten miles for everyone in Derbyshire. The project would see Derbyshire’s biggest ever investment in specialist housing, day care and respite services for older people across the county over the next five to seven years.

If approved, it could mean Goyt Valley House in New Mills was eventually replaced with extra care apartments where people can live independent lives but have support and care on site at all times. However, any home closure would only be considered following a separate consultation for each site, the county council said.

Derbyshire County Council leader Cllr Andrew Lewer said: “These plans are a major leap forward in the way we care for older people.

“We want everyone to have their own front door and live independently for as long as possible. When people need extra support these plans mean they would have more choice and could expect buildings and services that meet modern standards and expectations.”

Cllr Charles Jones, county council cabinet member for adult care, said the plans would allow couples to live together in extra care housing instead of going into residential care and added: “New state-of-the-art residential care would be available, however, for those with the most complex needs including advanced dementia.”

The plans include:

• 1,600 ‘extra care’ one and two-bedroomed apartments in 27 locations across Derbyshire, making it available within five miles for most people

• two split-site community care centres covering the High Peak and Ashbourne

• new day services and health and wellbeing zones across the county

• specialist dementia care available no more than ten miles away from anyone in Derbyshire.

If the plans are agreed next week, consultation will start from April on the first nine residential homes which would be affected, however none of these are in the High Peak.

Consultation on Goyt Valley House, New Mills would be carried out at a later date with some homes not being affected for up to five years.

However, Whitestones in Chapel-en-le-Frith will not be affected at all by the scheme.

Community care centres, such as the one proposed for the High Peak, offer more specialised services for older people, with short and long-term residential care, specialist dementia care, rehabilitation to help people get back on their feet and respite care on offer.

They act as a hub for older people’s services in the community and offer a range of community facilities and day services.