The loss of rehabilitation beds from Daventry’s Longlands care home was highlighted at a meeting in the town on Monday.
The Danetre Medical Practice Patient Relationship Group and the Abbey House and Monksfield Surgeries Patient Reference Group held the meeting over the impact the proposed closure of the Grange Care Home might have on Longlands.
Originally, Northamptonshire County Council said it wanted to close the Grange as the building was ‘not fit for purpose’, and move all residents into the Longlands Care Home, located behind Danetre Hospital. That plan would mean Longlands would no longer have room for the rehab beds or respite care beds.
At the meeting, Jane Franklyn said: “Removing the rehab beds means people will have to go to Northampton or Corby.
“When people are recovering, asking their family and friends to travel may mean they don’t do it as much, which can hamper their recovery.”
However, representatives of the council said they had looked again at their plans for respite care and were working to make provision for some beds at Longlands, with the potential for more at the Everlyn Wright Home in Daventry, and at locations in South Northants. They also said they would most likely seek authorisation for a feasibility study into building homes with ‘extra care’ services on the old Grange site. Councillor Chris Over said: “NCC has known about this problem for years, have failed to make re-provision and are scrambling to get a quart into a pint pot.
“The solution is to replace and to increase capacity, then close The Grange.”
Representatives from Northamptonshire County Council also highlighted other measures they were taking. These included extending the ‘emergency sitting service’, run to help those who care for people in non-emergency situations, providing more care for people in their own homes where necessary, including rehab care.
However some pointed out that some of these services, including the ‘emergency sitting service’ are often running at capacity or not available at weekends.