York & North Yorkshire

York council say public support elderly care shake-up

Residents in a care home
Image caption Under the plans nine existing homes would be replaced by three, specialised, larger ones

Residential care for the elderly in York is to focus on people with dementia and high-dependency needs, according to the council.

Under the proposals its nine current care homes would close and be replaced with three specialised ones.

The Labour-controlled authority said its public consultation received more than 1,100 responses, mostly supporting the change.

Councillors will next consider the plans in November.

The council said of the 1,163 responses, a clear majority agreed residential care should focus on the specialist needs of people with dementia, high dependency and nursing care requirements.

There was also a desire for more investment in helping people stay in their own homes for longer, the council said.

If the proposals are approved, the first stage would see the closure of two homes, at Fordlands in Fulford and Oliver House in Bishophill, in 2012.

Two new 55-bed homes would be built at Fordlands and Haxby Hall.

Sally Hutchinson, from local charity Age UK, said it was the right approach for the future.

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