Stockport Council has agreed to invest around £20 million to improve and modernise existing care home provision in the Borough.
The needs and health of older people in Stockport is a high priority for the Council and investing in properties operated by Borough Care Limited will help to provide better quality care facilities and services now and for future generations.
Borough Care Limited is a charitable organisation and is a leading provider of beds/services for older people in the Stockport area. Among its properties is a number of care homes that were transferred out of Council control some twenty years ago, which it continues to lease from the Council.
Cllr Keith Holloway, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Supporting Adults, said:
“Stockport Council places a high priority on the needs and health of older people. Since the creation of Borough Care the world of social care has moved on significantly and the homes originally transferred out of Council control at the time are now somewhat outdated.
“Investing in this programme of improvements, at no cost to the Council tax payer, will help to ensure we can continue to provide suitable care places for older people now and for many years ahead.
“Our two organisations will be working hand in hand to ensure that the needs, care and safety of residents remain our top priority.”
Chairman of Borough Care, Steven Normansell, said “With a rising population of older people and the need to plan for increased and more complex personal needs in the future, this £20m investment will deliver a real benefit for the community.
“We have been providing care and support in Stockport for over two decades, leading the way, particularly in regard to dementia care services. This venture will now allow us to modernise and provide homes that will give our residents rooms with en-suite facilities and dementia-friendly environments.
“By incorporating the latest care technology, with new understandings of support for ageing, our homes will help people stay independent for longer and provide the comfort and dignity that is needed in later life.”
The programme of work is expected to start in early 2017 and take four to five years to complete, subject to planning permission. Borough Care have informed staff and families of residents of the future changes and will be working closely with them during every stage of the process.
This programme of capital investment will be funded through prudential borrowing and at no cost to Council Tax payers. All proposals will now be subject to relevant statutory approvals including planning.