Cam­paign­ers in fi­nal at­tempt to save vi­tal de­men­tia care home

Macclesfield Express - - HALLOWEEN HORRORS -

CAM­PAIGN­ERS are mak­ing a last-ditch at­tempt to save a well-loved care home.

Hollins View pro­vides respite care for peo­ple with de­men­tia and other ill­nesses but Cheshire East has sched­uled it to shut at the end of the year with care to be pro­vided in the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor in­stead.

The coun­cil is sign­ing up pri­vate care homes to host pre-book­able respite beds. There were 30 beds at Hollins View but from Jan­uary there will only be 19 across the bor­ough.

But cam­paign­ers are mak­ing an­other at­tempt to save Hollins View. They will put pres­sure on coun­cil­lors of the Health & Adult So­cial Care Over­view & Scru­tiny Com­mit- tee to re­con­sider the de­ci­sion when the mat­ter is dis­cussed to­mor­row.

Mor­ven Sower­butts, from the cam­paign group, said: “This is our last ditch at­tempt to get the com­mit­tee to scru­ti­nise rather than fol­low or­ders.

“We have se­ri­ous con­cerns. There is still un­cer­tainty about where beds will be and who will be el­i­gi­ble. Clos­ing Hollins View is hugely dam­ag­ing to our lo­cal health and so­cial care ser­vices.

“The el­derly and the ill will pay the price for this clo­sure which is be­ing done for a po­lit­i­cal be­lief that pri­vate care homes can pro­vide care more cheaply than the pub­lic sec­tor.”

Cheshire East has pre­vi­ously said there will be enough respite care for ev­ery­one who needs it.

The Health and Adult So­cial Care Over­view and Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee meets on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 5, 10am at the coun­cil head­quar­ters at West­fields, Sand­bach.

● Hollins View Com­mu­nity Sup­port Cen­tre, Clarke Ter­race

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