Future of local care homes to be discussed

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The future of Western Trust owned residential care homes is to be discussed at a meeting of the Western Trust’s Board on Thursday.

The meeting comes on the back of the Transforming Your Care (TYC) proposals which have recommended a move towards care in the patient’s own home and not in a care home setting.

The move could see the closure of one or more local care homes. A spokesperson for the Trust said: “The Trust has developed a proposal which will be taken to a Trust board meeting next week.”

Following a consultation period the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Edwin Poots MLA, made a statement to the Assembly on 19 March this year on the way forward for residential care and proposed a closure of 50% of all publicly funded care homes over the next three to five years.

The Western Trust currently has five residential homes within its remit in the Strabane, Derry and Limavady Council areas - including Rectory Field and William Street homes in Derry. Greenfield Residential Home in Strabane and Thackeray Place in Limavady will also be under discussion at the meeting.

One of the Trust’s homes, Seymour Gardens in Limavady, is registered as an EMI home (specifically for dementia sufferers), and as such is outside the consideration of TYC proposal.

John Compton, Chief Executive of the HSCB said: “The Board supports the trend towards independent living at home focussing on helping people remain at home for as long as possible or in supported living accommodation and offering more choice and control about the type of care available to older people.”

“We are investing in frontline community care,” Mr. Compton said.