Council’s pledge over Hollins View
BOSSES at Cheshire East council insist there will be enough respite beds for everyone who needs them if Hollins View closes.
But they have refused to offer any guarantees that future services will be provided in Macclesfield.
The council wants to close the care home which provides respite care for people with dementia and other illnesses.
Instead it will pay for care in the independent sector, which includes pri- vate care homes.
A campaign group fighting the plans fears that people will have to travel out of town for future res- pite care, that there are not enough respite beds in the independent sector and people will have to pay more.
The Express issued a list of questions to the council asking for details of the plans to answer concerns.
The council at first refused to answer the questions, but has now responded to some.
It could not say how many beds are available in Macclesfield and how much the council will have to pay as this is subject to a ‘formal tender process’.
On how much people will have to pay towards care, the spokesman said: “Costs are based on a financial assessment of the person being offered respite care. This will mean some people will pay more than others.
“People who are assessed to pay the full cost may actually pay less than they currently do.”
But Cheshire East has guaranteed it will provide enough beds for everyone who needs them.
It would not name the care homes and admitted it has no formal agreements with any providers, but said it was too early to do so.
A spokesman said: “The council intends to commission sufficient blockbed provision in the independent sector to meet the current demand. All residents who have been assessed as respite will continue to have access to it.
“We have no agreements with care homes at this stage as this would be contrary to the procurement process.
“While we will look to procure provision in Crewe and Macclesfield, the process will also procure provision across the wider Cheshire East area. This may reduce travelling time.”
The Cabinet recommendation to close the home will be reviewed by the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Friday at 2pm at the council’s offices in Sandbach.
Coun Laura Jeuda said: “We are unhappy about the undemocratic way the meeting was called. We waited 17 days to know the call-in was accepted and it was arranged without us. We still have so many unanswered questions.
“Hollins View is a vital service for so many people and there’s been no transparency.”
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