Care home is axed as part of review

Southlands Care Home.
Southlands Care Home.

A residential care home in Long Eaton will close next year.

Southlands Home for Older People, on Main Street, will close its doors by next summer.

The proposal follows a 12-week consultation by Derbyshire County Council held earlier this year.

Residents will be given the option of moving to a new care centre in the town which the county council is currently building in partnership with Housing and Care 21 – Lacemaker Court on Tamworth Road.

Lacemaker Court is a mix of extra care apartments aimed at people aged over-55 and specialist en-suite residential care rooms for people with dementia and other higher level care needs.

The new £10 million development, which will also have consulting and therapy rooms, a public cafe and hair salon, will be open by summer 2015 and has places for Southlands residents

Options for redeployment will be discussed with Southlands staff.

Councillor Clare Neill said: “We know this is an anxious time for residents and their families but we will work closely with residents and families to find them the right place to live.

“One of the options would be a move to the new Lacemaker Court development. I was heartened to hear that the residents want the staff to move with them and we will do our best to make sure this happens if the home closes.”