Fresh fears over re­place­ment care for Hollins View

Ex­cite­ment of Strictly dance

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

CAM­PAIGN­ERS for Hollins View care home com­plain fam­i­lies are still in the dark over what will hap­pen when the cen­tre closes.

Cheshire East de­cided to close Hollins View, which pro­vides respite care for pa­tients with de­men­tia and other longterm con­di­tions and give their fam­i­lies a break.

This was de­spite a hard­fought cam­paign by the Ex­press and a cam­paign group to keep the cen­tre open.

It will close at the end of the year, but the cam­paign­ers say the coun­cil has still not an­swered ques­tions over where care will be pro­vided in­stead.

The Ex­press has asked the au­thor­ity to guar­an­tee that ev­ery­one from Mac­cles­field who needs care will be able to ac­cess it in the town, but the coun­cil has re­fused to con­firm this will be the case.

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Sower­butts, from the cam­paign group, said: “We are very con­cerned be­cause Cheshire East has still not come up with a list of places in Mac­cles­field for peo­ple to re­ceive care.

“Car­ers have had a let­ter to say that Hollins View is clos­ing on Janu- ary 2, but of­fi­cers are still not shar­ing in­for­ma­tion about where frail and ill in­di­vid­u­als will go for respite care, how such care will be ar­ranged and how much it will cost.

“We have heard of one per­son who usu­ally goes to Hollins View for Christ­mas who does not know what to do.

“Another carer told us she can­not book a break un­til she knows where her rel­a­tive might be cared for and whether what­ever is of­fered is suit­able for her rel­a­tive who has de­men­tia.

“We will keep up our fight and bring the is­sues to the at­ten­tion of the com­mu­nity. We want an­swers from Cheshire East but we’re not get­ting them.”

Coun­cil­lors on the health and adult so­cial care scru­tiny com­mit­tee backed an ear­lier de­ci­sion to close the respite care cen­tre af­ter the Labour group asked for the de­ci­sion to be re­viewed.

Cheshire East has said respite care would in­stead be pro­vided by the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor, in­clud­ing in pri­vate care homes.

The cam­paign group sug­gests there are not enough beds at care homes in Mac­cles­field and that the homes will charge more for care.

The group, with lo­cal Labour coun­cil­lors, are look­ing at ways to chal­lenge the clo­sure again.

Cheshire East has pre­vi­ously said that ev­ery­one who needs care will have ac­cess to it, but de­clined to is­sue any fur­ther re­sponse to the cam­paigner’s latest con­cerns.

‘We are very con­cerned’

THE glitz of Strictly Come Danc­ing landed in Mac­cles­field when two dancers from the show made a spe­cial ap­pear­ance.

Mykita Danc­ing School was ex­cited to welcome Neil Jones and Eka­te­rina Sokolova, who have chore­ographed dances for the pop­u­lar TV show. The pair gave a work­shop and per­for­mance to launch the new dance sea­son and un­veil Mykita’s new dance shop ‘The Bling Room’.

The school, on Snape Road, Hurds­field, has been go­ing for more than 35 years spe­cial­is­ing in ball­room and latin danc­ing and is owned and run by Michael King.

Ali King, from the school, said: “Neil and Katya were part of the Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent group Kings and Queens and have helped chore­o­graph the pro­fes­sional dances on Strictly Come Danc­ing.

“For the first time we opened our doors to dancers all over the coun­try to be part of the in­spir­ing work­shop.

“Mykita mem­bers donned their suits and evening dresses for the gala ball where Neil and Katya of­fi­cially opened The Bling Room and per­formed a stun­ning show­case of dances.

“It was a fan­tas­tic day and a great start to the new danc­ing sea­son.”

●● Neil Jones and Eka­te­rina Sokolova (cen­tre) open ‘The Bling Room’ with the shop’s owner Fiona Wan and dance school owner Michael King

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