Conservative (Alford & Sutton Division), Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care, said:
"I encourage all local residents interested in the proposals to provide older people with new, improved standards of residential care to attend the meeting. As well as providing more information and help give us valuable feedback, it’s also a chance for residents to ask questions and get more information themselves."Public meetings across the county will give the chance for local residents to have their say on proposals to replace eight residential care homes with improved state-of-the art accommodation, suited to the needs of older people.
Separate consultation meetings have been set up for people using the home, their carers and relatives and for staff.
The ambitious plans for eight care homes across the county would change the face of care for older people and provide brand new extra-care housing schemes and specialised dementia centres in partnership with independent sector providers.
Existing facilities would remain open while the new homes are developed so residents and users of day and respite care would experience a seamless transition from one to the other.
The County Council is consulting on the proposals for a three-to-five year programme seeking to modernise services to ensure they are high quality with a greater choice of accommodation options.
Cllr. Marsh added:
"These are exciting plans which will change the type of support available for those using our services and provide people with better options. Consultations over the past year with older people, their families and representative groups have revealed that they expect more from accommodation and care services. It is clear traditional patterns of care for older people are no longer appropriate for future service users.
"New homes could include self-contained apartments with en-suite bedrooms similar to those introduced in other areas across the country. The new schemes would have care support on site, communal areas and social facilities such as shops, cafes and pubs."The consultation period has been extended to Tuesday, 16th February 2010, following cancellation of earlier meetings due to the bad weather. You can give your views and feedback through the Parish Council. Alternatively, go to the county council’s website for further details – www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/shapingcare - where you can complete a quick and easy online questionnaire.