Kirklees Council dementia homes under consultation

Kirklees Council will start consultations on the future of council-run dementia residential homes.

Councillors today (26 September) gave the go ahead for formal discussions with staff, service users and families to commence after a 10-day call in period.

Homes under review

Discussions will focus on Claremont House, Heckmondwike and Castle Grange in Newsome.  The consultations are related to the council’s wider work with the care home provider market and will also support budget savings measures for the Council.

Why is it happening?

Withdrawing from dementia residential care would mean the council could focus direct care delivery in parts of the market where there are fewer providers and options for people.  This would mean making the best use of the care home bed capacity across Kirklees and therefore supporting the council’s aim to enable people to remain independent at home for as long as possible.

What happens after consultation ends?

A report will be presented to cabinet in 2024 following the consultation process requesting a final decision on the future of these Council run homes. If approved, existing care home residents would be re-assessed and supported to transition to one of 57 independent sector care providers.

Councillor Jackie Ramsay, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said:

“We are facing increasing demands for and costs of social care and must look at how we can make the best of the limited resources available to us. There has been a lack of sustainable, long-term funding for social care from government which means, like other councils, we are now having to make some tough decisions.

“We need to look at how residents can access the care they need in alternative settings without comprising safety and quality of care. By working with colleagues in the independent care sector, we would fully support care home residents and their families for a safe transition to accommodation that meets their needs and allows them to continue to live well.”