New care scheme is a ‘work in progress’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

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.

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