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Enhanced Care for the Elderly

November 18, 2015 5:00 PM

Canterbury Lib Dems are fighting KCC's plans to close the enhanced care schemes for the elderly at Cranmer House, Whitgift Court and Collard House.

Focus Team Ida Linfield, Michael Dixey & James Flanagan at Cranmer House

Focus Team Ida Linfield, Michael Dixey & James Flanagan at Cranmer House

These schemes provide vital extra care for many of the residents in these sheltered housing schemes. There will no longer be 24 hour cover, and 30 of the 40 staff will be made redundant.

Without this enhanced care, many of the residents will become isolated and have to go into residential care.

Martin Vye, Liberal Democrat Canterbury county councillor went on Meridian TV recently to raise the alarm about plans to reduce the care given to elderly people in his area.

He said: "There are four homes for the elderly in Canterbury District, two of them in my division; Cranmer House and Whitgift Court. They are sheltered homes where the residents have separate apartments, but where there are staff on site for the whole twenty-four hours. Relatives of residents have told me how brilliant the service has been: "my mother's health has improved exponentially and she has settled back into independent living."

Up till now the homes, which are owned and managed by the City Council, have had the care staff paid for by the County Council. They were seen as a valuable staging post for elderly people who need the care and reassurance of 24-hour staff, but are not ready for a nursing care home. Now KCC says it will no longer pay for the care staff, and that residents will be assessed to see whether they need individual care packages.

Martin went on: "Now, if this withdrawal of funding goes ahead, there will be two options. Either the care staff will no longer be there-or the rent for the apartments will go up by a massive amount per week. In the first case it is almost certain that elderly people who are at present able to enjoy independent living, with help, will have to go into nursing homes. In the second case there will be people who cannot afford to stay in the homes. I cannot see the burden on the public purse being any less. I am urgently seeking a meeting with senior KCC officers to put the case for these vulnerable residents."