De­men­tia care plans backed by com­mit­tee

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - ALEX HIB­BERT

COUN­CIL plans to re­view respite and in­ter­me­di­ary care for de­men­tia suf­fer­ers and vul­ner­a­ble adults has been backed by a scru­tiny com­mit­tee.

Cheshire East bosses have pro­posed mov­ing some de­men­tia care serv- ices to the pri­vate sec­tor.

The move could af­fect coun­cil run Hollins View Care Home, on Clarke Ter­race, Mac­cles­field, which cur­rently of­fers 40 beds as respite.

The coun­cil’s health and adult so­cial care over­view and scru­tiny com­mit­ted backed the cabi­net de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment its De­men­tia Com­mis­sion­ing Plan at a crunch meet­ing last Thurs­day (Au­gust 7).

A for­mal con­sul­ta­tion is to be held over the plans.

The pro­pos­als were ‘called in’ by six coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing Mac­cles­field’s Laura Jeuda and Janet Jackson.

Un­der the plans, all respite care – which gives car­ers a break by pro­vid­ing overnight beds to those they care for – will be pri­va­tised.

Speak­ing af­ter the meet­ing, Coun Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, said the coun­cil could now pro­ceed with the change with­out de­lays.

Coun Jones said: “What we and the peo­ple of Cheshire East need is strong ac­tion and ac­tion now – not un­nec­es­sary de­lays. In­creas­ing need for de­men­tia care is a tick­ing time-bomb for com­mu­ni­ties. Nor should it be about turn­ing adult so­cial care into a po­lit­i­cal foot­ball – as some are seek­ing to do.”

But Coun Laura Jeuda says that the Labour group’s call-in was not po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

She said: “All we are try­ing to do is save a valu­able pub­lic ser­vice.

“The coun­cil says that this is to im­prove choice in Mac­cles­field, but it is just a cost-cut­ting ex­er­cise.

“Hollins View is a life­line for peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.”

Coun Jeuda claims she was asked not to visit the home – which is in her ward Mac­cles­field South – by the coun­cil un­til a brief­ing was pro­duced for coun­cil mem­bers.

The coun­cil de­clined to com­ment on her claim.

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