Care home on borrowed time

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SPALDING’S Halmer Grange care home could be closed by the end of September.

A final consultation is under way over redundancy for its 38 staff and plans to officially close it by September 30 following a county-wide review of care earlier this year.

Staff have until next Wednesday to give feedback on the proposals for how care services will be replaced, while the wider consultation, including redundancies, will continue until September 4.

Since Lincolnshire County Council decided to close the home in Grange Drive, and four others across the county, closure proposals have been reviewed.

Now, the authority’s preferred scenario will see respite and day service users moved on to personal budgets to enable them to purchase the services they need from providers of their choice on a spot basis.

Block contract arrangements, which will see the county council pay for beds in private sector care homes, are being proposed to cover intermediate care services.

The original proposals would have seen block contracts taken up for all services.

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive committee is due to make a final decision on replacement services on July 5.

Terry Hawkins, interim assistant director for commissioning, said work was currently being undertaken for potential block contract arrangements.

He said the location of the replacement services is due to be decided by the end of July.

“We are starting by looking at each locality within a reasonable distance from each home,” he said. “We have done analysis by each area and we have a list of all homes and all available beds. “Our level of market mapping research is quite detailed.”

He added: “We have got a responsibility to these people and they will not be left without services.

“I do not think people appreciate we will do a detailed one-to-one assessment to decide who uses the services and to take account of any change in circumstances. We are taking into account all their needs. It’s a unique approach for each individual.”