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New care move for old Blackburn homes
TWO of the four council-owned old people’s homes earmarked for closure in Blackburn have been identified as sites for new developments aimed at frail over-85s.
Adult social care boss Mohammed Khan hopes private contractors will use the buildings to provide 120 places for some of the borough’s oldest people.
He will ask Blackburn with Darwen Council’s ruling executive board to approve his plan to invite major business providers of residential care to bid to develop the former Greenways Home in Salisbury Road, Darwen now it has closed.
At a meeting this Thursday, Coun Khan will also propose that when Feniscliffe Bank, in Hillcrest Road, Blackburn, closes in 2014, a private contractor should be in place to build a new state-of-the-art home, possibly including separate sheltered flats.
Both would be for 60 residents with priority given to over-85s.
Coun Khan makes clear that extra specialised provision would be needed in the future for ‘the over-85s population and those with dementia or other long-term conditions’.
He will tell the board that the site of Blakewater Lodge is too small for a redevelopment to meet modern standards, and the fourth home facing closure – Longshaw, in Crosby Road, Blackburn – is unlikely to close until 2015 to ensure that residents are moved to new accommodation of their choice. In addition, its campus-style nature in the middle of a residential estate may limit its potential for redevelopment as a modern old people’s home.
The four closures will save the council £400,000 in this financial year and £1.85million in 2014-2015.
But Coun Khan made clear when the decision was taken in January that they were no longer fit for purpose. Already, the council has helped private firms build extra care plus developments at the Infirmary in Blackburn and Shorey Bank in Darwen, accommodating more than 160 older people.
Coun Khan said: “From our consultation and engagement with older people and family carers, we understand that quality of the care environment is important to residents in the borough.
“This latest phase of the review of residential and nursing care for older people in Blackburn with Darwen demonstrates our commit- ment to work with key partners to help us continue to improve the range of high-quality services.”
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