Axe looms in fresh threat to respite care at Hollins View
AFRESH fight to save Hollins View care home from closure has been launched after council bosses again proposed closing the ‘vital’ service.
Council leaders are set to vote on plans to shut the centre from the end of the year.
The shock move would see respite care for dementia and long term-illness instead provided by the independent sector, including private care homes.
Campaigners thought they had saved the centre from closure last Decem- ber after council bosses performed a u-turn on their previous plans to move respite service out of Hollins View following a Macclesfield Express campaign.
But council leader Michael Jones said he now believes providing care away from Hollins View is the best solution.
He said: “We will guarantee local first care for everyone in Macclesfield who needs it.
“It’s been done in other areas, this is nothing new.
“We have done a full review and looked at this very carefully.
“It shows that since we have done this in Congleton, where we closed Mount View care home, we have been able to procure quality local respite care for residents in the independent sector.
“We will offer better value and a better range of carers.
“We already have many thousands of people accessing care in homes not run by the council and we are watching the independent sector.
“We have responsibility to meet an increasing demand.”
The Macclesfield-based care home provides respite care for frail and vulnerable patients with dementia and long-term illnesses to give them valuable time away and their families and carers a break.
Families who use the service have described it as a lifeline in helping them care for vulnerable relatives.
Council officers have recommended the Cabinet votes to close the service from December 31, as well as Lincoln House in Crewe, in favour of care being tendered to the independent sector.
Coun Jones said the council would consider all options for the building but would not rule out selling it.
Campaigners said they were ‘saddened and concerned’ by the news and vowed to keep fighting for Macclesfield’s residents.
Cabinet will make the decision at 2pm on Tuesday, June 30, at Westfields, Sandbach.