plans by Leeds City Council to close four of the city’s care homes as part of a wide ranging cost-cutting overhaul have been called in for reconsideration by an internal committee.
The authority’s Health and Adult Social Care scrutiny board will today re-evaluate the proposals, after an official request put in by five Conservative opposition councillors. This followed discussions between Coun Graham Latty and the council’s deputy director of adult social care, during which concerns were raised. Key among those concerns are the implications for care home residents who require dementia care.
Amberton Court in Gipton, Burley Willows in Burley, Fairview in Seacroft and Musgrave Court in Pudsey are all facing the axe as the council bids to streamline services and ultimately slash £4m a year from its overall social services bill. Seventy-six people will have to be rehoused by the authority if the proposals are pushed through. The decision-making executive board has already rubber-stamped the initial plans.
In their explanation for the call-in, detailed in a pre-report, the five councillors say: “The closure of Musgrave Court could create a significant lack of places for older people requiring specialist dementia care and we are concerned that this eventuality has not been properly considered. Mixing individuals requiring dementia care in a standard residential home setting is not appropriate and we have concerns that this could become a reality. What has not been made clear are what plans are in place to deal with this. Furthermore, closing homes in areas where there is no alternative provision could leave people living in those communities with no local provision of residential care. Old and vulnerable people could end up located away from their friends and families, isolated from the networks they rely on.”