PLAN TO USE CARE HOMES AS DAY CENTRES TO SAVE £336,000
CARE homes run by Derby City Council are set to be used as venues for day care services as part of plans to save the authority more than £300,000 a year.
Councillor Fareed Hussain, cabinet member for adults and health, said that, if people started using the services at the care homes, the authority would start "reducing staffing levels" at its day care centre in Morleston Street to save the cash.
The authority has budgeted to save £336,000 by changing the way it delivers day care for people with a high level of need, such as those with dementia or mobility problems, by 2014-15.
Mr Hussain said he believed moving the service to the council's seven care homes may mean the people using it find the venues easier to get to as they will have a choice of sites that may be closer to where they live.
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He said people with lower levels of need would still be able to attend the council's "satellite" day care groups held at community centres.
Mr Hussain said: "The change would be for the people which couldn't be catered for in a community centre who are currently encouraged to come to the Morleston Street centre.
"We haven't made a decision to stop day care at the centre but savings will be made from reduced staffing levels there if everything goes to plan.
"We expect most of the staffing pressures of moving the service to care homes to be absorbed within the existing staff."
Asked about reaction to the plans, Mr Hussain said there had not been much.
He said: "I think staff will react at some stage because their jobs could be at risk in the long term.
"But I think service users are more concerned about the quality of service they receive and not too much about where it's coming from.
"They may be pleased to go to a service that's just around the corner from their homes."