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Proposed Cuts to Enhanced care for the Elderly-update from Martin Vye

March 6, 2016 5:30 PM

Martin VyeA casualty of the cuts made to local councils' budgets is a group of vulnerable elderly people in four sheltered homes in Canterbury. Martin Vye, county council member for Westgate in Canterbury, reports: "Some years ago KCC and Canterbury City Council set up an innovative and valuable cooperative venture. The City Council owns and runs four sheltered homes for elderly people in Canterbury - Cranmer House and Whitgift Court in my division. The County Council agreed to put in money to pay for extra staff so that there was always someone on site 24/7 - who would do laundry, and generally help organise social events. All residents had their own flats - but had the security of friendly staff available at all times. Now KCC has pulled the plug on the funding."

Of the 122 residents of the four homes, 32 are assessed as being in need of extra help. Martin says: "The whole idea of the scheme was to support elderly people to live in their own apartments rather than go into a residential nursing home. I fear that many of them will now have to lose their independence and go into very expensive homes."

KCC does run what it calls an 'extra care' home in Herne Bay - where elderly people can live in their own flats, and have social care workers on site. Unfortunately its costs a great deal - and there is a waiting list. Martin concludes: "By comparison the amount KCC put into Cranmer House, Whitgift Court and the other two homes was modest - but it produced excellent results. Again KCC having to make quick cuts in budgets because of the cut in Government grants will result in greater expense down the line".