Cumbria Care - investment for the future

Background

 

On 18 February 2016 the council approved the following budget proposals for Cumbria Care.

  • Capital investment for two new build care homes.
  • Phased reduction in the overall number of residential care home beds provided by the council.

This meant that we needed to consult on the impact of the new build homes on our existing care homes.

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. However, the organisation responsible for regulating residential care, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has changed and renewed its inspection standards over recent years. The Council's care environments must keep pace with these standards and where possible, exceed them.  Equally people's expectations of residential care and what it can offer have changed.

A public consultation commenced on 5th October and closed on 23rd December 2016.  All information relating to the consultation can be found on the County Council's Website at: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/haveyoursay/default.asp

The outcome of the consultation was analysed and reported fully in a Cabinet paper on 2nd February 2017. Cabinet decided to continue in its bold journey to modernise care and improve the councils care facilities.  This decision means that once the new care homes are built, residents and their staff will move into the brand new facilities and a number of homes will be vacated and no longer be used to provide residential care.

The County Council Residential Homes affected and named in this consultation include:

  • Barrow and Ulverston - Parkview Gardens and Elmhurst

  • Carlisle - Elizabeth Welsh, Petteril House and Langrigg House

  • Copeland - Brackenthwaite, Castle Mount, Pow Beck House and Dentholme

Investment for New Build Care Homes

  • Parkview Gardens 60 bed care home in Barrow opened in January 2017

  • We are investing in a further £ 12 million in two new 60 bed residential homes for older people (one in Copeland and one in Carlisle)

  • This is part of a wider modernisation programme of care for older people in the county

  • The programme includes investment in a wide range of choices for older adults, including receiving more help to live independently in their own homes.

  • Eric Wright Construction Ltd, is the appointed contractor for the two new care homes.

The new Carlisle care home is situated on Burnrigg in the Morton area of the city (on the former site of Morton Park Primary School). Construction work commenced on site in October 2017 and is due to be completed in Spring 2019.

The appointed contractor Eric Wright Construction Ltd is committed to working with local communities and as such have agreed a plan for community engagement. The Eric Wright Group is also committed to employing local labour on their sites (within a 37 mile radius of the site itself) and this will be measured and monitored throughout the lifecycle of the project.

There will also be apprenticeship opportunities along with career workshops and talks with local schools and colleges to enrich their curriculum.  Regular newsletters will be produced and delivered to residents and businesses in the local area to keep them informed on progress and any potential disruptions in the area.

A local 'Internal Design Group' has been established that has representatives including residents and their families as well as front-line care staff.  This group will be involved in providing input on the interior of the new home, including good practice.

For the latest update on the progress of new Carlisle care home, including up to date images of the ongoing building works,  please click on the appropriate Stakeholder Newsletter which is located in the Useful Information box, at the top right hand-side of this page. 

The new Copeland care home is situated in the Hensingham area of Whitehaven (on the former site of Sekers). Construction work commenced on site in November 2017 and is due to be completed in Spring 2019.

The appointed contractor Eric Wright Construction Ltd is committed to working with local communities and as such have agreed a plan for community engagement. The Eric Wright Group is also committed to employing local labour on their sites (within a 37 mile radius of the site itself) and this will be measured and monitored throughout the lifecycle of the project.

There will also be apprenticeship opportunities along with career workshops and talks with local schools and colleges to enrich their curriculum.  Regular newsletters will be produced and delivered to residents and businesses in the local area to keep them informed on progress and any potential disruptions in the area.

A local 'Internal Design Group' has been established that has representatives including residents and their families as well as front-line care staff.  This group will be involved in providing input on the interior of the new home, including good practice.

For the latest update on the progress of new Copeland care home, including up to date images of the ongoing building works,  please click on the appropriate Stakeholder Newsletter which is located in the Useful Information box, at the top right hand-side of this page.