A BOSTON care home will follow its original schedule of closure and shut by the end of September this year, it was announced today (Tuesday).
Lincolnshire County Council’s executive agreed to close five council-run residential care homes, including Ingelow Manor, in Boston, at a meeting of the executive.
It made the decision after being satisfied there was ‘suitable alternative provision’ available to replace the services provided in the five homes.
It plans to replace them with access to more modern, improved accommodation and services.
The council moved to reassure current and future care home residents about the plans.
LCC’s executive member for adult social care Coun Graham Marsh said: “This is change for the better – today’s decision will be looked back on as the day the lives of care home residents took a huge stride forward in quality.
“We know the word closure could be seen as negative and, very understandably, cause some carers and families to be worried.
“However, what we are closing are old, outdated homes – both the current and future generations of residents deserve better.
“So do taxpayers and, rather than potentially spending more than a million pounds per home in bringing them up to standard, we’ll provide those in need of care with a greater range of choice elsewhere. We’ll also help them access it every step of the way.
He added: “Once everyone understands this change, we’re confident they will find it offers them the new freedom of selecting the option that’s best for them as an individual.”
Its further three homes will not be closed until suitable, high-quality alternatives are in place – this will not be before 31 March 2012.
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