Public to hear of Cumbrian care home closure plans
Consultations have begun on plans which could see the closure of three care homes in Cumbria.
The county council says Park Lodge in Aspatria, Richmond Park in Workington and Woodlands in Distington are "struggling" to meet residents' needs.
The authority says it wants to provide more focused care to people in their own homes.
The three-month consultation, which will include a number of public meetings, will end on 14 February.
Cumbria County Council's cabinet member for adult social care, James Airey, said: "It must be emphasised that no decision will be made about the proposals until after the end of the consultation.
"Older people have told us they want to be supported in their own homes if at all possible and demand for traditional residential care is reducing as older people are supported to live at home.
"We must to be ready for the changes our ageing population will bring and ensure services are more widely available to support older people to stay at home.
"We've looked carefully at the money we spend and we have come up with some ideas to change the way care services are currently provided.