New care scheme is a ‘work in progress’
THE controversial new model of respite care is a ‘work in progress’, council bosses have admitted.
Cheshire East Council closed Hollins View in Macclesfield and Lincoln House in Crewe in January to save money.
Now respite care for sufferers of dementia and long term-illness is provided by the independent sector, including private care homes.
Coun Janet Clowes, Cabinet member for adult care, claims the first three months since the shake-up showed families accessing respite care without problem.
But speaking at the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee on April 29, she admitted that the up take was expected to be much higher during the summer.
However, Jean Bennett from Macclesfield, told the meeting that her experience of the new system was different and that she had only been offered respite care for a relative in other towns because her local home was fully booked.
Coun Clowes called the new model a ‘work in progress’ and promised an update on October.