What a waste

PUBLISHED: 07:10 26 July 2013

Archant

I would like to draw attention, for the third time, to a shocking waste of taxpayers’ money by the authorities.

I refer to the continual vacancy of Danby House and Exbank. The former has been empty for nine years.

It was the home of the young disabled and is equipped with facilities for 38. It has spacious kitchens, dining rooms and lounges and has been empty and deteriorating for nine years.

It could have provided accommodation for the homeless or holidaymakers, if leased to the holiday industry.

It is not past redemption – it does not need to be knocked down – YET. It is built right by the sea and has stunning views.

Exbank adjoins it. This has been empty for three years. Exbank was a rehabilitation centre with accommodation for 36. It also has an annexe, used extensively as a day centre.

I was present at the last meeting and posed the question: “How long?”

It will be mothballed for six months whilst the Hospital at Home scheme is initiated.

This scheme is so costly – much more than collective care is. Medication is one of the chief problems. Non-compliance with the taking of tablets and subsequent financial and health deterioration is rife amongst the elderly, generally.

When one has had a stroke and is a bit confused, medication is reliably dispensed in a residential setting.

It is quite obvious that overall treatment will be more expensive, individually, in terms of petrol, time spent travelling and visits by nurses, care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, doctors, etc.

It can work with very small numbers and is ideal. However, the need for such care is increasing every day.

Eve Connor

Exmouth

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