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Changes to older peoples’ services

Date: 19/05/2008           Category: Social Care

Medway Council is changing the use of beds in its linked service centres so that it will be able to tackle rising demand from the growing population of older people over the next 25 years. The three centres affected by these changes are Platters Farm, Robert Bean Lodge (RBL) and the Napier unit, which is based within RBL. Nelson Court remains as a specialist home for dementia care. The changes, approved by Medway Council's cabinet in January, will: · Increase the number of specialist dementia care beds · Make best use of short stay respite care beds for older people · Increase the number of short stay rehabilitation places · Increase the number of short stay places for people with severe disabilities. Plans include converting 28 beds at RBL to provide specialist long stay beds and eight respite care beds for dementia care. The number of short stay rehabilitation places at Platters Farm will increase from 16 to 25 and the number of short stay respite places at Platters Farm will increase from nine to 18. The changes at both homes will be done gradually as and when vacancies occur. Residents will not have to move out of their homes. The number of dementia beds provided directly by the council will increase by 36. The Napier Unit within RBL, for people with severe disabilities, will grow from four beds to eight. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Services Cllr Tom Mason said: “Respite care is an essential support for carers, giving them breaks and allows very dependent people to remain living in their own homes. “Increasing the number of dementia care beds will allow more people to access the best care for their needs.”