Axe looms in fresh threat to respite care at Hollins View

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

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.

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