Go-ahead for OAP care

COUNCILLORS have this week approved ambitious £200 million plans to transform residential and community care in Derbyshire.

The scheme will see many of the county’s traditional local authority residential homes being replaced with modern state-of-the-art one and two-bedroomed apartments available to rent or buy.

It was approved by Derbyshire County Council’s (DCC) cabinet at a meeting on Monday and will be the county’s biggest ever investment in specialist housing, day care and residential services for older people across the county over the next five to seven years.

Goyt Valley House in New Mills could now be replaced with extra care apartments where people can live independent lives but have care and support on site at all times. However, any home closure will only be considered following a separate consultation for each site. Whitestones in Chapel-en-le-Frith will not be affected by the scheme.

Cllr Charles Jones, DCC cabinet member for Adult Care, said: “Our plans for extra care mean couples would be able to stay together and have 24/7 on-site care if they need it, and there would be an excellent mix of services available for all older people in Derbyshire.”