Care home consultation closes

The Kent County Council consultation on the future of four care homes in Kent has now closed and was discussed at the Adult Social and Health Committee meeting on Thursday 14 January.

Decisions around the Dorothy Lucy Centre, Maidstone and  Kiln Court, Faversham have been deferred until the next Adult Social and Health Committee meeting on 10 March as further work is required.

Graham graham gibbens10Gibbens, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health said: “We are very pleased to have had so many people respond to the consultation and these comments have resulted in changes being made to our proposals.

“The well-being of residents that live at or frequently use the homes is our foremost consideration and as a result of the consultation we need to find out more about alternative provision for the Dorothy Lucy Centre and Kiln Court before taking a final decision in March.

“The role of a council has changed and the independent sector delivers over 90% of services for adult social care.

“People are living longer with more complex conditions and they rightly expect more choice in care. People wish to remain in their own homes with dignity and the expectation of high quality care.

“When these homes were built, the needs of people were very different to what they are now.”

The buildings were not designed to meet the current and future needs of older people who continue to present with complex needs requiring more specialist modern facilities.

Our older buildings have reached the end of their useful life and it is estimated that it would take significant investment to bring them up to national industry standards.

KCC feels that this money would be more effectively spent working with partners and the market to develop modern services which better meet the needs of service users.

The homes cost approximately £4 million per year in running costs, a proportion of which would be saved through the proposals put forward in the consultation.

Details of all four recommendations are below;

  • Dorothy Lucy Centre, Maidstone – to carry out further work with the market to establish whether or not alternative day care provision can be provided locally.
  • The Dorothy Lucy Centre will continue to operate as it does currently until a Decision on its future can be taken.  This is now anticipated to be in March 2016.
  • KCC will continue discussions with the market regarding the provision of day care services.
  • A further report will be prepared which will include the outcome of these discussions with a Recommendation for the Cabinet Member decision in March 2016.
  • The lead petitioner for the public petition against the closure of the Dorothy Lucy Centre will be invited to present their case at the Adult Social Care and Public Health Cabinet Committee meeting on 10 March 2016.
  • A copy of this report can be found at https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/documents/s61602/B5%20-%20Report%20-%20Dorothy%20Lucy%20Centre.pdf
  • Kiln Court, Faversham – to carry out further work with the market to establish whether or not alternative short term care provision can be provided locally. In addition, further discussion with the Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to understand the feedback they provided.
  • Kiln Court will continue to operate as it does currently until a decision on its future can be taken.
  • A further report will be prepared which will include the outcome of these discussions with a Recommendation for the Cabinet Member decision in March 2016.
  • A copy of this report can be found at https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/documents/s61603/B6%20-%20Report%20-%20Kiln%20Court.pdf

The following recommendations for Blackburn Lodge, Sheerness and Wayfarers, Sandwich have been made.

It is expected the Cabinet Member decision will be taken week commencing 18 January.

  • Blackburn Lodge, Sheerness – to work with the market to develop alternative services, including nursing and dementia care and then to transfer users to the alternative services over an agreed timescale prior to closing Blackburn Lodge. This means the service will continue to operate as it does currently for the next two to three years whilst KCC works with the market to develop alternative local services.
  • Depending on the configuration of the new service, and the number of residents affected at the time of transfer, there could be future employment for staff in the new service who may then be subject to TUPE.
  • A copy of this report can be found at:
  • https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/documents/s61593/B3%20-%20Report%20-%20Blackburn%20Lodge%20-%20v2.pdf
  • Wayfarers, Sandwich – to secure the sale of Wayfarers as a going concern.
  • Wayfarers will continue to operate as it does currently for the next nine months to one year whilst Kent County Council packages the home to sell as a going concern. The county council will ensure that the new provider continues to operate the service as a care home and there is protection for current residents. Work will also be underway to make sure that the staff transfer their employment to the new provider as part of the sale.
  • A copy of this report can be found at https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/documents/s61595/B4%20-%20Report%20-%20Wayfarers.pdf
Care home consultation closes was last modified: January 19th, 2016 by KCC press office