Care home with just three users to close

Posted on 21 February 2011

Hillport House in Porthill, North Staffordshire, will soon close as too few people use the service, which may limit the options of those choosing a care home in the area.

The 28-place facility has more than 30 staff but currently looks after just three residents, the Staffordshire Sentinel reports, leading county councillors to announce the closure of the home.

However, the council has offered to contribute fully towards the cost of paying for care when residents move out, while cash raised from the sale of the building will go towards a new specialist dementia unit at Homestead.

Matthew Ellis, cabinet member for adults and wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council, told the newspaper that the move is about providing a better service rather than cutting costs.

"It is essential that the residents have choice and control over the future of their care and we are doing our utmost to give them that," he commented.

Recently, the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald reported that a new halfway home will be created in Malmesbury next year, providing more options for those choosing a care home.

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