Consultation on the closure of five County Durham care homes could get go-ahead

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Councillors are being asked to give the go-ahead for a public consultation considering the closure of five care homes.

Durham County Council’s cabinet is to consider seeking the views of residents, carers and staff on proposals for its remaining in-house residential homes.

If approved, the three-month consultation would consider possible options for the future of five homes it runs, including Grampian House, in Peterlee.

Recent changes to the way intermediate care is provided in the county are likely to mean a further drop in occupancy rates at council care homes.

If agreed, the consultation would ask people for their comments on three proposals:

l Retain the five homes and carry out repairs and maintenance as required;

l Close the homes and seek alternative accommodation for residents at independent homes;

l Seek expressions of interest from other organisations which may wish to take over management of the homes.

Coun Morris Nicholls, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for adult services, said: “We are looking at all of our services to ensure they are cost-effective and fit for purpose.”