Scheme to reduce £9m care budget

A new sheltered housing scheme in Guernsey should bring down the cost of sending people away for specialist care, the health department has said.

Director of Corporate Services Richard Evans says even if they only bring back two or three people to live in Guernsey it will save £500,000 per year.

About 70 Guernsey residents currently receive care in the UK.

The department says sending people for care in the UK costs the health department about £9m per year.

Some people receive care outside of Guernsey because in certain cases the health department lacks the appropriate facilities.

Mr Evans said: "What we are looking to do is create as much independence and choice as we can for all people.

"What we are looking for is facilities where people can have their own front door."

Mr Evans said it would not be appropriate for everybody sent to or living in the UK to come back for legal or care reasons.

"The intentions would be that those people who can be brought back to the island would be," he said.

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