Cumbria Care - investment for the future

Background

Over the last 30 years the Councils in house provided services have changed to meet the needs and demands of the population of Cumbria. This has been critical to it continuing to deliver quality services that meet people's needs.

Our vision for Cumbria Care is to have:

"Council provided services to be proud of that are modern and fit for purpose; that meet service user and partner needs; achieve quality standards and are in the right place to meet market demand. We want to have services that are delivered by empowered, motivated and well trained staff all delivered within the resources available".

The vision is about making our services fit for the future whilst continuing to provide quality care in line with regulated and non-regulated expectations. It's about meeting our customer's needs by better understanding the impact we are having on individual's lives and responding where change and improvement is needed. This includes understanding the changing needs of our Cumbria population. 

Cumbria's population is super-aging - this means that the number/population of older people with complex needs is ageing faster than the rest of the UK. There is also an expected significant growth in the number of people aged over 85 and an associated rise in the number of people living with dementia, complex needs, and frailty.

Recognising that people increasingly want the choice to live independently in their own homes with their own front door and therefore alongside high quality modern residential homes, for those that need them, the Council will continue to develop effective prevention, rehabilitation, supported housing and care and support services in local communities. This includes increasing the use of assistive technology to help support people to continue to live at home. 

Our priority is to offer people excellent care at home and then if people need a higher level of care then alternatives such as Residential, Extra Care housing and supported living schemes should be available now and in the future. 

Change is a constant and our services will continue to require investment, disinvestment and growth to meet the needs of our local population. 

Ultimately we aspire to be the provider of choice across all of our service areas whereby the people of Cumbria who need support and care will look to us as a quality and professional service that they can rely on. 

A Cumbria Care Development Plan is being produced and that will be available at the end of September 2019. This will provide more information on the approach being taken to develop our services. 

Cumbria Care Residential homes have served their communities well over the years and are popular homes with good standards of care, provided by committed staff. We also recognise that our care environments must keep pace with changing Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards and where possible, exceed them. Equally people's expectations of residential care and what it can offer have changed. For these reasons the Council continues in its bold journey to update our care homes.  

Two brand new 60 bed care homes have recently been built and opened in Carlisle and Whitehaven to replace the seven older care homes that have now closed.  Residents and staff have moved into the brand new facilities and our residents are enjoying living in their new homes. 

In January 2017 a new 60 bed Care home was opened in Barrow. 

  • Parkview Gardens 60 bed care home in Barrow opened in January 2017
  • Burnrigg Court 60 bed care home opened in  Carlisle in June 2019
  • The Gables 60 bed care home opened in Whitehaven in July 2019