Future of care homes unclear

UNCERTAINTY still surrounds the future of six Erewash care homes after Derbyshire County Council failed in a bid to get Government funding to revamp the county’s residential homes.

The Advertiser revealed last year that Hazelwood care home in Cotmanhay, Beechcroft in West Hallam, Hillcrest in Kirk Hallam, Ladycross House in Sandiacre, Southlands in Long Eaton, and Briar Close in Borrowash were under threat as the council planned to build six new super centres.

But it was revealed last week that their request for £106.7m was rejected after central Government cuts.

The money was needed after the authority branded some of the current facilities ‘unfit for purpose.’

The council said last year that the funding had been provisionally awarded but the Department of Health said the cash was only potential funding and that local councils were aware that a review of which authorities would get funding was under way.

Derbyshire County Council strategic director for Adult Care Bill Robertson said: “We are very disappointed that our bid for PFI funding has been unsuccessful.

“One of our top priorities is planning for the future of older people in Derbyshire and the rise in the number of people with dementia forecast over the coming years.

“The funding of six new community care centres, in addition to the one we have already built and one currently being developed, would have made a major contribution to the delivery of our future plans.

“We shall now look closely at our options and consider over the next couple of months the best course of action to take to protect and deliver these plans for older people in the county.”

He added: “A huge amount of time, effort and hard work went into the bid and we are proud of the work we have done.

“The bid itself was agreed by the Department of Health and had a provisional allocation of funding, there was nothing flawed about the bid itself.”

A spokesman added: “It is too early to comment on the future of any specific and individual care homes.

“We’re looking at our options and planning for the future.”