Notts Council Announce Elderly Care Overhaul

Notts County council bosses have announced the closure of five Notts care homes. The move follows a lengthy review by Notts County Council Adult Services.

The five care homes to close are Beauvale Court, Eastwood; Daleside, Mansfield; Ashcroft, Sutton-in-Ashfield; Kirklands, Kirkby-in-Ashfield; and St Michael’s View, Retford.

Leivers Court in Arnold, which had also been earmarked for closure, is to become a specialist unit for people with dementia in south Notts.

Bishop’s Court in Boughton, near Ollerton, and James Hince Court, Carlton-in-Lindrick, have also been saved following the county council review.

A new 50 place retirement village is proposed for Gedling; with Mansfield and Ashfield gaining a 60 bed care home to replace the Mansfield, Kirkby and Sutton facilities, as well as one 250 place and a 50 place retirement village. Further retirement village facilities are planned for Broxtowe borough, Newark and Sherwood and Bassetlaw.

A retirement village is usually made up of two-bedroom houses or flats which can be rented, with sitting tenants given the option of applying for a mortgage.

The £19m one-off investment in retirement villages and new care homes has been proposed by the ruling Labour Group on the county council, along with a further £800,000 a year pledged for elderly care. The plans are due to be approved at the full council meeting on Thursday, April 10.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s cabinet member for adult services and health, Councillor Alan Rhodes, said: “If these recommendations are approved on 10th April this will mean that the County Council is investing a massive £19m in improving care for the older people in Nottinghamshire, which is fantastic news for local people.”