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Consultation launched on future accommodation for older people

Goyt Valley House in New Mills - one of the care homes which could potentially close.

Residents across the High Peak are being urged to respond to consultation on the future of seven care homes, including Goyt Valley House in New Mills. 

The 12-week consultation is under way, following a meeting of Derbyshire County Council’s Improvement and Scrutiny Committee, and will run until Friday 4 March 2022. 

The options to be consulted on are to: 

• Rewire and carry out major works to refurbish the homes including installing boiler and heating systems, replacing bathrooms and kitchens, removal of any asbestos, the fitting of sprinklers and redecoration. This option would require residents to move out for up to 40 weeks. 

• Close the homes and support residents to move to other local, suitable alternative provision 

• Close the homes and support residents to move to any available suitable alternative provision. 

Councillor Natalie Hoy, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said: “Everyone’s views are important to us so we’re keen to hear from as many people as possible.  

“Doing nothing isn’t an option and whatever the decision we will fully support our residents, their families and our staff throughout.” 

The council say even if the £30 million repairs are carried out the homes are no longer fit for purpose and do not have the space to use essential equipment, en-suite facilities, or the capability to be adapted to care for older people with increasingly complex needs. 

Councillors have been told Covid-19 has accelerated a reduction in demand for care home places with more people preferring to remain independent at home with support.  

High Peak MP Robert Largan, who has met with officials from DCC, said: “In my view, the Council needs to refurbish Goyt Valley House or provide new world-class local provision in its place. No other options are acceptable. 

“I strongly urge everyone to respond to the consultation. Please encourage friends, families, or neighbours to do so as well, and make sure your views are heard.” 

Direct consultation will take place with residents, relatives and staff who will be invited to virtual meetings where they can ask questions and give their views.  

An online questionnaire will be made available on the county council’s website. To find out more about the proposals and take part in the consultation, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/care-home-review  

Members of the public can get more information or request a paper copy of the questionnaire by emailing tell.adultcare@derbyshire.gov.uk or by contacting the Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation Team on 01629 531307. 

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