Derbyshire Care Homes Campaign aims to stop 'revolution' in county adult care
A CAMPAIGN group set up to fight council proposals to close 20 care homes has called a public meeting.
Members of the newly-formed Derbyshire Care Homes Campaign (DCHC) group are urging those against the plans to attend.
Tory-led Derbyshire County Council wants to close the homes by 2019 and replace them with 1,600 specialist extra-care flats and four "super" care centres across the county.
Some flats have opened, while the closure of homes Florence Shipley (Heanor) and The Dales (Repton) was confirmed last year.
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Consultations on remaining homes will take place over the next four years.
Councillor Charles Jones, cabinet member for adult care, says the £200 million shake-up is necessary to improve living standards and increase capacity, as the elderly population in Derbyshire will double by 2030.
However, members of DCHC say the strategy will force elderly people into "profit-seeking" private care homes, where some relatives argue profit is prioritised over care standards.
With the backing of Labour politicians, they are hoping to persuade the county council to keep open its homes.
Group member Helen Clark said council leader Andrew Lewer would be invited to the meeting, where those against the plans would get "a voice".
Ms Clark said: "People who live in county council residential care homes do not want this revolution in adult care. Neither they, nor their families and friends, asked for it.
"The new apartments are ideal for people who are still capable of independent living – but a whole section of the elderly population has been abandoned by the council.
"We need a mix of provision in which modernised care homes will play a part alongside some dementia units and adapted apartments."
Mr Lewer is on holiday and so unavailable for comment.
Mr Charles said a full public consultation would be carried out at all care homes before a decision on whether to close them is made.
The meeting is at West Hallam Village Hall on Wednesday, March 27, at 7pm.