Derbyshire Labour councillors have started countywide visits to all residential homes to listen to what help older people need.
Derbyshire Labour promised during the 2013 local elections that they were determined to listen to the needs of older people, and they have already started fulfilling that promise by going to talk to older people and carers at every residential home in Derbyshire.
Last November Derbyshire Labour held a public meeting with older people and carers from across Derbyshire to talk about their concerns. Labour are committed to fighting for a Fair Deal for Derbyshire and that means carrying on listening to older people and putting them at the heart of decision making.
Councillor Clare Neill and her Adult Social Care deputies Councillor Paul Jones and Councillor Robert Davidson visited Beechcroft Home for Older People in Nursery Avenue , West Hallam on Saturday 18th May where they met staff, residents and relatives.
They have already visited Whitestones home for older people, Ecclesfold Resource Centre and The Staveley Centre.
Councillor Clare Neill wants all our residential homes to have been visited before considering the future of care for older people.
As part of her review of care and support for older people, Councillor Neill will look closely at plans to consider eventually closing almost all of our residential homes.
Councillor Neill said:
“I am committed to trying to keep at least some of our care homes open. This is going to be very difficult, given that a contract to begin to replace them with extra care apartments was signed just before the election. But we are committed to a Fair Deal for Derbyshire and that means listening to people who are telling us they want Derbyshire County Council run care homes.
“I want to consider all the options available and as part of this I want to experience what’s on offer first hand and meet people who will be affected by any future decisions.”