Closed Burton care home is set to reopen

Written by on June 13, 2019

A closed care home in Burton is set to reopen as part of a £1.2 million project as more elderly people are going into care.

Staffordshire County Council has announced money will be ploughed into reopening Hillfield House, in Stretton , which has been mothballed for more than six months.

A total of £1.2 million will be spent by the council and will also include a proposal to build two new nursing homes in the county.

The old home, in Hillfield Lane, has been closed since November 2018 when residents there were moved to a new state-of-the-art dementia care facility on the site of the former Margaret Stanhope Centre, opposite Burton’s Queen’s Hospital, in Belvedere Road.

Before closing, the site offered accommodation and personal care for up to 38 older people living with dementia.

Now, Staffordshire County Council says he needs to reopen the home as there is a squeeze on the number places spaces available for the elderly who need to go into care.

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The council aims to tackle decreasing space available in care homes, in order to ensure those who need it can have access to facilities, said a spokesman.

It is not yet known when the home will reopen, but £1.2 million will be invested breaking it up to scratch.

Alan White, the authority’s deputy leader and cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing said: “An initial investment of £1.2 million to refurbish the former Hillfield site, as well as a proposal to build two new nursing homes in the areas of highest demand, will see the county council developing high care environment which maximises the use of advances in technology to support the needs of residents.

“With the number of nursing homes decreasing in the county, and prices rising for existing placements, we have to ensure there are enough good quality places available that meet demand and represent the best use of taxpayer’s money.

“However, we have also been clear that there needs to be a national debate on how we manage and fund care as a country, to ensure we can keep giving care to those that need it.”

The council said areas would be identified for the proposed new nursing homes.

Councillor White added: “Supporting an increasing ageing population case is an issue for the whole country, but particularly impacts on larger counties such as Staffordshire .

“We estimate that by 2039 there will be an extra 50,000 people aged 75 or over, and the cost of care for these people is soaring.

“Putting ourselves in the care market and increasing nursing home capacity will mean we can offer good quality, cost effective placements to meet the assessed eligible social care needs of people in Staffordshire.”

 

Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio Newsdesk via Staffordshire Live Headlines

From: https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/local-news/closed-burton-care-home-set-2972463


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