Future of care home in doubt

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TOP councillors unanimously agreed to launch a review into the future of a Spalding care home.

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive agreed to hold a 90-day consultation on the future of its adult social care at a meeting on Tuesday. That review will also consider Cedar House, a respite home for parents of adults who have severe learning difficulties and disabilities.

The council says it wants to give people a better choice and save money but families who use the home, which is behind the Chappell Centre in Pinchbeck Road, fear they will lose a service that gives them a break from looking after their children.

The council consultation, which begins on September 19, also looks to increase the use of “personal budgets” – which see users handed the cash to spend on their own care rather than the council providing it themselves.

Those budgets have already been rolled out to about 7,000 people in the county and the council says that with people now picking their own care it needs to look at what it spends on places such as Cedar House. The home is run by Heritage Care and according to the council costs £300,000 a year.

Coun Graham Marsh, executive member for adult social care, said: “We’ve agreed to consult with service users and staff on how the county council’s directly provided social care services are delivered in the future. We’re keen to hear their views and nothing is off the table.

“It’s important that we gather information from people about the type of support they want and need so we can continue to stimulate the market appropriately for them.

“As more people are moving on to Personal Budgets and spending them on things more tailored to their individual needs, we need to urgently review how we deliver our own directly provided services, as they are becoming less cost-efficient.

“This needs to happen in a market where service users are the discerning customer, not a block-purchasing local authority.”

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