Consultation on older people’s services in Leeds draws to a close

The consultation with the residents and families of eight local authority residential care homes and four day centres for older people has now drawn to a close.

More than 400 completed questionnaires have been received by council officers following one-to-one discussions with customers of the care homes and day centres affected, and their families. These are being used to gather views about how the proposals could affect individual customers and identify their ongoing care needs.

In addition to the questionnaires, the council has received signed petitions from supporters opposing proposals to close the care homes at Burley Willows, Manorfield House, Primrose Hill and Suffolk Court, and also the day centres at Burley Willows and Doreen Hamilton.

The council has also had many individual letters from carers, elected members, members of the public and organisations with an interest in current and future care for older people in the city.

Because of the financial challenges that the council currently faces, it has had to look closely at the cost of all its services, and try to find ways to do things differently whilst making sure that support is available when people need it most.

Work will now begin on evaluating all of the information that has been gathered and recommendations will be presented to the council’s executive board in September 2013 when a final decision will be made.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive board member with responsibility for adult social care said:

“I would like to thank people for taking the time to talk to us about these proposals, and also all those who have written so thoughtfully and passionately to us on a matter that is clearly very close to their hearts.

“All of these views will be taken into account and be used to inform the recommendations that will be presented to executive board in September, when a final decision will be made.

“I understand how anxious people are about the future of their care homes and day centres, and would like to assure them that everyone’s views have been listened to and heard.”

The 12-week consultation started on 11 March 2013, with individual meetings taking place with the older people and their families who would be directly affected by the proposals. The proposals consulted on were:

• The potential closure of Amberton Court, Burley Willows, Fairview, Manorfield House, Musgrave Court, and Primrose Hill;

• The potential transfer of Home Lea House to another community-based organisation; and,

• The potential to develop Suffolk Court as a specialist intermediate care unit in partnership with the NHS.

The proposals for day centres were to close the day centres at Burley Willows, Naburn Court and Queenswood Drive, and transfer customers to new or existing services in the local community. It was also proposed that the role of the Doreen Hamilton building would be developed so that it plays a wider role in the life of the local community, and helps people who currently use the older people’s day centre to find alternative daytime support within the local area.

In September 2011, Leeds City Council's executive board approved recommendations for phase one of the review of the council’s residential care homes. As a direct result of feedback received from the consultation that took place then, the original proposals were changed, with the council committing to keep homes in Morley, Otley and Rothwell open until alternative provision in those areas of the city were built or an alternative management operation was put in place.

Leeds City Council has a vision for the future care and support of older people in the city. This will provide high-quality, long-term support for the most frail or disabled people, and those that need extra care because of dementia. Increased support to help older people regain and maintain their independence will also form part of this.


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Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

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