Elderly Essex residents could move due to care home closures

September 13, 2018 10:07 AM
Originally published by Essex Liberal Democrats

Mike_MackroryMore and more care homes are closing down nationwide and in Essex, leaving frail residents and their families worried about their future home. Councillor Mike Mackrory (Leader of the Lib Dem Opposition at Essex County Council) asked the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care what contingency plans are in place to accommodate displaced residents from the care homes which are being closed.

Reply from Leader of the Council

'Essex County Care Limited (ECCL) have recently announced the closure of three residential care homes in Essex. In total these homes have 65 residents, 50 are funded by the council. We currently have around 270 vacant beds in the county at homes contracted to us. Many more beds will be available at non-contracted homes which we could access if needed.

I am therefore confident that residents displaced by the current closures will be able to find alternative placements. We have well-rehearsed processes to work with residents, their families and the market to ensure the safe transfer of residents when homes close. We are doing everything in our power to ensure that residents move safely to alternative homes of their choice.