Council approves care homes overhaul

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COUNCILLORS have unanimously approved a £60 million overhaul of care home services to allow a private provider to run them.

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet rubber stamped the proposals permitting Care UK to take over and replace 16 care homes and eight community wellbeing centres.

The company will build 10 new facilities to replace existing sites across the county including Davers Court and Glastonbury Court, in Bury St Edmunds, Wade House, in Stowmarket, and Wamil Court, in Mildenhall.

However, Ixworth Court, in Ixworth, will be axed.

Councillor Colin Noble, cabinet member for health and adult care said: “I believe the decision taken today will provide surroundings and facilities that will meet peoples care needs both now and way into the future.

“We have carried out a rigorous process over 15 months to make sure that we got the best deal for the older and vulnerable people in Suffolk. Care UK has a proven track record of delivering high quality care in state of the art facilities - this is what I want for Suffolk.

“By transferring our care homes and wellbeing centres to Care UK we will attract a significant amount of investment that otherwise would simply not be available. The most vulnerable in society deserve the very best we can provide them - this deal represents that.”