Lincolnshire

New debate over Lincolnshire care homes plan

The future of eight Lincolnshire care homes is to be discussed by senior county council officials.

Under one plan the homes, which provide respite and day services, would be replaced with privately-run sheltered accommodation.

But service-users, carers and a union have said they wanted the public sector to look after the elderly.

The authority said it is still considering all options and its priority was the quality of care.

'Clear message'

The homes being discussed include Bonner House in Sleaford, Linelands in Nettleham, Park View in Lincoln and The Cedars in Gainsborough.

Lincolnshire council leader Martin Hill said even if the homes were shut, respite care would be provided elsewhere.

"Our whole strategy, which hopefully we will agree today, is all about enabling people to stay at home, being cared for, for as long as possible to retain their independence and dignity," he said.

He added: "The homes we have were built for a different era and a different need, we don't want to pack people away as soon as they get frail.

"There are various options, whether we modernise them, close them or whatever, and that is why are taking our time over making these decisions."

John Sharman, from the union Unison, said: "I am hoping what the executive are going to do is actually properly consider the results of the consultation exercise they have carried out - twice.

"Both have given an absolutely crystal clear message from the public - they want to keep the existing council homes open."

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