Care home could be closed within two years

Harrison House Nursing Home.
Harrison House Nursing Home.
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STAFF at Grantham’s Harrison House care home are being consulted on proposed changes to elderly care which could see the facility close within two years.

Lincolnshire County Council is looking for new ways to provide the intermediate care service currently provided by the home in Dysart Road.

County council interim assistant director for adult social care Terry Hawkins said: “The proposal is for no change to our original schedule for five homes to close in September as alternative services are put in place.

“The remaining three homes won’t close until further analysis and work in the market is carried out and suitable alternatives are ready which could take up to two years.”

A proposal to close five homes and keep three open, including Harrison House, will go before the county council executive in July.

Mr Hawkins said: “Harrison House and the other two homes which are being retained will not close until suitable alternative services are available. This could take up to two years.

“We will be introducing a voluntary redundancy programme that will allow people from this home to leave the service should they wish.

“We are not seeking a buyer for this home but looking for other services in the locality to offer greater choice to services users.”

A spokesman for the public sector union UNISON said: “The council is ignoring the views of the people of Lincolnshire and leaving them to the vagaries of the market.”

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