County Council to consider proposal to consult on Cotmanhay care home

Proposals to consult on closing a care home are to be considered by Derbyshire County Council next week (w/c 11 September 2017).

The county council’s cabinet will consider the proposals on Thursday, September 14, to consult on the closure of Hazelwood Home for Older People in Cotmanhay due to the rising cost of repairs.

While high quality care is provided at the home on Skeavingtons Lane, significant repairs and refurbishment are needed to bring the building up to modern-day standards, estimated at almost £1.7million.

Income would also be lost during any temporary closure while the work takes place, which could take up to two years to complete, potentially adding a further £489,000 to the bill.

Given the escalating cost of the work, the county council is now considering consulting on the possibility of closing the home where there are currently 25 elderly residents.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for adult care Councillor Jean Wharmby said nothing would be done without consulting fully with residents, their families and friends as well as with the local community, including GPs.

Councillor Wharmby said: “The quality of care provided at Hazelwood is very high, but the building itself needs a lot of work to bring it up to the standard of other county council-run homes and care centres and would cost a lot to repair.

“Funding the work would take up a huge proportion of the budget available for work on all our homes. Not all of our homes can be upgraded to a standard we think people expect and deserve so we are having to look at all the options.”

A 12-week consultation is being proposed during which all views would be taken into account. Meetings with residents, their families, friends and advocates would be organised and the wider community would be able to take part online, in writing or on the phone.

No decision will be made until the consultation is complete and everyone’s views have been considered by the county council’s Cabinet.

Coun Wharmby added: “If the report’s recommendation to consult on the proposed closure is agreed, we’ll work closely with residents and their families to ensure they have their say and know what is happening. We will be with them every step of the way.”

If cabinet agrees to consult on the proposals, the consultation would open on Thursday, September 21 and run until December 14.