CARE ‘CRI­SIS’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT AND STU­ART GREER

A CHAR­ITY has warned care ser­vices for older peo­ple and de­men­tia suf­fer­ers is near­ing cri­sis.

And in a sec­ond dev­as­tat­ing blow to the town, Sut­ton Oaks Care Cen­tre – whose 32 pa­tients in­clude those with de­men­tia – has also an­nounced its im­mi­nent clo­sure.

The news comes amid con­cerns that Hollins View, a coun­cil-run care home in Mac­cles­field, faces clo­sure un­der the coun­cil’s De­men­tia Com­mis­sion­ing Plan. The plan pro­poses the trans­fer of all respite care to the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor, mean­ing it will be pro­vided pri­vately and through vol­un­tary ser­vices.

But Made­lyn Bridge, Age UK’s Cheshire East chief ex­ec­u­tive, said there aren’t enough beds for de­men­tia pa­tients in the town. She said: “The care pro­vi­sion in Mac­cles­field is al­most at cri­sis point.

“It is al­ready ex­cep­tion­ally hard for any­one to source af­ford­able, good qual­ity care in the town – there just isn’t ad­e­quate ca­pac­ity.”

The coun­cil has of­fered re­as­sur­ance that no de­ci­sion to change ex­ist­ing ser­vices will be made un­til the con­clu­sion of a six-week con­sul­ta­tion.

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