Residents can stay in the borough after Council buys care homes

Two care homes have been bought by Trafford Council to ensure residents can remain in the borough.

The purchase of Kara House and Lynwood Lodge, both in Sale, will enable the Council to maintain affordable residential placements in Trafford for the borough’s residents.

After the owner of the care homes died, the homes could have ended up being sold had the Council not stepped in. Not only would this have led to reduced capacity of affordable care home beds in Trafford, the move to alternative care homes – possibly outside of the borough – would have been extremely distressing for residents.

In the future, some of the beds could be converted to support people nursing needs and with more complex needs. This will enable Trafford residents who require a greater level of care to remain in Trafford and be supported to live in a care home that meets their needs.

Cllr Jo Harding, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Adult Services, said:

The purchase of these care homes is great news. It is a priority that we support vulnerable people and that residents are able to afford to live in the area.

“By buying these care homes, we are able to make sure residents can remain in the area and retain those links they have built up within the community. It also makes it easier for their relatives to visit and therefore enhance the wellbeing of residents.”

The purchase marks the return of Trafford Council as an owner of care homes. The care provided within the homes will be delivered by Making Space, a national health and social care charity that already has experience of care provision in Trafford.

The charity, which also has experience with complex and specialist care, as well as community healthcare work, will be tasked with ensuring the homes retain their current ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission, and look towards an improvement to ‘Outstanding’.

Cllr Harding said:

Our residents deserve to live in high-quality, affordable accommodation close to their communities and the purchase of these care homes means this is something we can continue to offer.”

Posted on Friday 26th February 2021