Elderly care plans do not stack up, says North Devon MP
“Devon County Council’s plans for the future of residential and day care centres for the elderly simply do not stack up,” says Nick Harvey, MP for North Devon.
“DCC is reviewing its elderly care across North Devon with the aim of providing alternative private residential and community based day services – none of which are 100 per cent suitable.
“For example the families of residents at Beech House, South Molton have been told alternatives exist for their loved ones in Tiverton and Torrington!
“Likewise for Dementia suffers who use Oakwell Day Centre it has been suggested they could use the local leisure centre and community halls. This is complete nonsense – how could such venues cater for their complex needs.
“I am currently raising my concerns not only with DCC but also the Minister of State for Care Services. The national Dementia awareness campaign is not served by putting people out on the street.
“In the meantime I would urge everyone affected to take part in DCC’s consultation process for day care centres, http://new.devon.gov.uk/dayservices/ which closes on 19 March, and residential care http://new.devon.gov.uk/residentialreview/which ends on 26 March.
“It’s vital families make their voices heard.”
(from a press release)
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