WE DON’T NEED MORE HOUSES

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

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

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