WE DON’T NEED MORE HOUSES
WHERE’S THE RESPITE CARE?
I WOULD like to respond to the comments by Councillor Michael Jones about Hollins View.
He states that consultation has been undertaken.
It is almost a year since that happened and to date no other consultation has taken place.
It was very restricted, with carers or clients being interviewed on their own or via forms on the internet.
The wider public were not consulted at all by the council and only became aware via your paper and petitions carried out in Macclesfield.
If people look at the results of that consultation, carers and people using the service in the majority wanted it to remain open.
Councillor Jones states that many thousands of people are accessing care in the private sector.
What he fails to say is that they are long stay residents who have no choice due to the council having sold their residential homes off years ago.
He says he guarantees local care in Macclesfield – to date I have asked more than once where the homes are with contracts for pre bookable respite care in Macclesfield. This afternoon I contacted 12 care homes in Macclesfield and two in Bollington – only one home actually has one respite care bed.
Two of the homes don’t take respite at all.
One said the person needing respite would have to stay for two weeks and if in a social service funded bed the top up fee would be approx £725 a week.
One home does not take social service funding and is £650 a week and then only if they have a bed. The top up cost ranged from £20 a week to £725; the cost of private care ranged from £550 to £1,125 per week.
All the other homes would only take respite if they had a vacant bed, but if someone required full time care they would fill the vacancy.
One home did not take people with dementia, some of the others required assessment and some only took early onset if the assessment showed they could meet their needs.
I therefore would challenge Councillor Jones’s statement on local first class care!
Or perhaps he will share with me where it is.
I care for my father, who is 96 years old and has Alzheimer’s, and have done so over the last 15 years. Although he is in sheltered housing I am there daily.
He has received excellent respite care over the past two years at Hollins View, which has enabled me to take a holiday with peace of mind.
I have also cared for my husband with Alzheimer’s who sadly passed away 12 years ago and thankfully I was able to nurse him at home until his death.
Yours respectfully Jean Bennett (Mrs and most importantly a carer) via email DO the people of Macclesfield realise they may have to travel as far as Northwich to visit relatives requiring respite care as a result of Hollins View closing?
I assume that the council feels that Hollins View would make an ideal site for housing. But do we need any more? No.
Have a look at all the empty property in the town centre and the pages of property to let in this paper. But the council doesn’t care because they still charge council tax and who is benefiting? Not the public who need social care.
They continue to squash new housing into pleasant green areas, ruining the town. Who benefits? Manchester is building thousands of homes at the old Woodford aerodrome. Hundreds will be built, we do not need it here.
It is time this council stopped development in an already overcrowded, grid-locked town and used some of the money from council tax on social care, that is very much needed.
Hollins View is an excellent facility in this town with very caring staff, it would be a dreadful waste to lose it. Jon Osterbridge via email