by Iain Roberts on 18 February, 2016
Borough Care plays a key role in the delivery of residential care in Stockport, providing over 400 beds, a fifth of the total. But most of Borough Care’s homes are over 20 years old and are in need of investment for renovation and refurbishment. The council – which owns the buildings and leases them back to Borough Care – has agreed to invest around £20 million in the homes, to ensure that they will continue to meet residents’ needs for many years to come.
Borough Care is working with residents, their families, and staff to minimise the disruption to residents. Where residents do have to move homes, wherever possible the staff they are used to will move with them.
Councillor Keith Holloway, executive member for adults, said: “This investment is vital. The programme is absolutely superb.
“There is a possibility staff will move with residents for continuity of care. It is crucially important to have excellent residential facilities.”
Steven Normansell, chairman of Borough Care, said: “If first of all we can build new beds it will facilitate the smooth running of the programme. We don’t envisage capacity dropping.
“We need to talk to residents, staff, carers and relatives but the starting point is this investment is exciting for Stockport, now we can proceed with looking at the detail and how we proceed in a way that is sensitive. We will still meet needs in a safe and dignified manner.”
There is no cost to the council taxpayer in Stockport. The council is able to borrow the money at a very low rate, and Borough Care’s payments to the council will cover the interest and repayment.1 Comment