In a bid to save £73,000, 199 Queens Drive in Nantwich which cares for people with learning disabilities will close as the council moves the services to its old age care home, Lincoln House. But the idea of placing young people with learning disabilities in a home designed for the elderly people has raised concern from parents, carers and 3L Care in Congleton.
“I find it deeply concerning that young people with learning disabilities could be placed in what is essentially an old age care home for elderly people with dementia,” said Marcus Tarrant, director of 3L Care. “I appreciate the constant demands for local authorities to cut costs but it must be done in a way that maintains the well-being of children and young adults with learning disabilities and complex care needs, who are incredibly vulnerable.”
3L Care Winsford was created specifically to address the need for care and nursing services for adults with complex health needs and learning disabilities; a service which is currently in short supply.
“Local authorities are under constant pressure to provide adequate nursing and care accommodation without increasing spending. Sometimes the only available places are in elderly dementia settings which are not ideal for younger vulnerable people,” said Marcus.
From a custom-built home in Winsford and soon-to-open children’s facility just down the road, 3L Care caters for day care, respite and full time residents.
The home provides quality nursing and social care for children and adults. Staff and managers abide by a strict ethos: to provide individualised nursing and social care in a homely environment which promotes welfare and development.
“Children and young people have very different needs to the elderly and I cannot see how a centre designed to cater for one group is adequately equipped to cater for the other. My fear and that of parents is that the needs of children and young people to grow, learn and develop could be overlooked in elderly homes.”
At 3L Care, children and adults with physical and learning disabilities can enjoy a swim in a heated indoor hydrotherapy pool, watch a film on the big screen in the centre’s private cinema and enjoy a luxury foot massage with aromatic oils in the sensory room.
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For further information on availability and recruitment please contact 3L Care:
Chapel Road, Winsford
Cheshire CW7 3AD.
Phone: 01606 215395