Closing care home repairs put at £1m

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SPALDING care home Halmer Grange would have needed £1million spending on it to bring it up to standard, it has been revealed.

The home, which has been descibed as “old and outdated” is due to close its doors for the final time on September 30, leaving its residents, some of whom have used it for many years, to find alternative provision elsewhere.

The decision to close the 22-place home, which provides short-term residential and day care for 27 people, was taken by Lincolnshire County Council in July.

Three others across the county are also due to close.

The decision-makers claim the closures will lead to greater choice for users.

Richard Collins, head of commissioning for adult social care, said: “We understand it could be hard for some people who have used the home for many years, but are doing everything we can to make sure these changes take place as smoothly as possible.

“The care provided has been excellent, but what we are closing in Spalding is an old, outdated home – both the current and future generations of reisdents deserve better.

“Rather than spend £1 million of taxpayers’ money to bring it up to standard, we’ll provide those in need of care with a greater range of choice elsewhere.

“We’ll also help them access it every step of the way.

“We’re confident they will find it offers them the new freedom of selecting the option that’s best for them as an individual.”

The council has given a commitment to those affected that they will be offered support to identify and arrange alternatives.

Everyone has been offered the chance to speak to someone face to face to go through their options.

And all older people using its services have been contacted by a team of social workers, Halmer Grange staff and workers from a voluntary sector organisation which assists people with all aspects of independent living.

Mr Collins said work is continuing with users, their carers and families to find alternative day and respite care from the independent sector.