COUNCIL chiefs are planning to close six old people’s homes and three day centres in a major shake-up of adult social care services in Leeds.
Faced with major financial challenges and the need to change its services to meet modern needs, the council has, over the past five months, carried out a review of its 19 residential care homes and 16 day centres for older people.
Officers have now drawn up a list of homes and centres they propose should close.
The six homes are Grange Court, Garforth; Kirkland House, Yeadon; Dolphin Manor, Rothwell; Knowle Manor, Morley; Westholme, Wortley and Spring Gardens, Otley. Day centres at Firthfields, Garforth; Lincolnfields, Burmantofts and Rose Farm, Rothwell are also earmarked for closure.
The proposals come just days after the council revealed plans to close 15 libraries and replace them with mobile services.
Council figures indicate demand for its homes, many of which need major modernisation, is falling as more private facilities open and support services are developed to allow pensioners to live in their own homes. Attendance at some day centres is falling, with more people opting for personal budgets to arrange their own day services.
Council bosses say no decisions have yet been taken. More consultation will take place before a final report goes to the executive board in September.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for adult health and social care, said: “We realise that as the consultation becomes more focused on individual homes and centres, people may start to feel more anxious. We understand this and are deeply sympathetic to people’s feelings and I would like to assure them that everyone’s views will be listened to – and heard.”
Coun Stewart Golton, Lib Dem group leader, said: “It’s quite obvious this announcement, like that over library closures, has cynically been delayed until after last week’s elections. I will be asking serious questions about how these closure decisions have been prioritised.”