For some reason Worcestershire County Council is reluctant to acknowledge the undeniable need for step-down beds in Wyre Forest.
There have only been 5 beds at The Grange since April, forcing many elderly residents who need such care into units miles away from their loved ones,
The decision to have dementia care beds there was obviously flawed and the county and the NHS need to decide properly and together how to provide such facilities. There seems to be no strategic plan, no joined up thinking, just decisions made on the hoof!
Cllr Hardman says people are better cared for in their own homes. No-one would deny that, but we need more step-down beds not less to allow this to happen!
We need to relieve the bed-blocking pressures on the Worcs Royal - in special measures because it can't cope - and we need rehabilitation centres, like The Grange, to enable more people to be helped so they can return home, instead of ending their days in residential care.
Properly run, effective community care also comes at a high price, which I fear our cash-strapped county council is going to struggle with more and more
There is supposed to be a stronger partnership between social care and medical provider; there is scant evidence of that in this county - and I suspect Worcestershire is not unique!.The lead must come from national government.
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