Derby City Council will put forward a proposal at Cabinet (7th December) to transfer five care homes to independent owners with the assurance to residents, and their loved ones, that the service currently provided will permanently remain in place at no extra cost.

The proposal comes after a decision made at July’s Cabinet that an alternative owner and operator of some of the Council’s adults’ care homes and day centres should be considered, to ensure a high level of service with outside investment and ownership.

The Council has sought feedback about this proposal from care home and day centre residents and service users, and credible organisations who may want to take over the facilities and provide the service in an alternative way.

Expression of interest from businesses has been strong and the emerging recommendation from feedback has been that the Council should sell five of the following adult care homes.

  • Merrill House
  • Raynesway View
  • Coleridge
  • Arboretum House including Moreleston Day Centre); and
  • Bramblebrook.

Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care, said:

This could be a really great opportunity to work with businesses and invest in the community and people’s future. We want to reassure families that their loved ones will be taken care of when they retire.

Our older population is increasing because people are living longer. This means it is crucial to plan ahead and allocate more resources and dedicated services that allow people to live out their lives with dignity and grace.

Sadly, this is juxtaposed with the ever-greater pressures placed on our stretched finances, so we have to explore more modern and efficient ways to deliver services.”