Friday, December 27, 2013
A mothballed empty council-run care home in Exmouth, which last had a patient two years ago, could be officially closed and sold.
Exebank, in Mudbank Lane, has been lying empty for the past two years since it was de-registered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
It had been a home for short-stay residents, recuperating after hospital before returning home for example, but that was replaced two years ago by a ‘Hospital at Home’ service run jointly with the NHS.
Now the council is consulting staff about officially closing the Exebank service, as it continues to pay to keep the empty site secure.
Devon County Council is carrying out a review of all its residential care homes – and while they say no decision has yet been made, its sale for development, possibly housing is an option, is a distinct possibility.
Adult social care accounts for 38 per cent of DCC budget and they need to save a further £100million over the next three years.
The authority said their decision about whether to sell the site or retain it and use it for other purposes is influenced by three “overriding” pressures: the growing demand for social care; an increasing number of people with complex needs, such as dementia, and the number of people wanting to live independently in their own homes.
Demand for such rehabilitation services in the area is being met by the Hospital at Home service.
Councillor Stuart Barker, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for adult social care, says: “This is not about making changes to the eligibility criteria for people who need the council’s support. Everyone who needs a residential placement will continue to be supported by the county council.
“It’s important that we are able to respond to people’s needs to ensure that there is right provision in the right place, and that is what this review and subsequent strategy is looking to do.”