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New dementia respite care announced

1 February 2017

New respite care for people with dementia is today being announced by Sheffield City Council to replace the services currently provided at Hurlfield View in Gleadless.

From the end of March, when the present dementia centre closes, people will be able to have overnight respite care in a number of care homes across the city, all rated good by the CQC. They will also be able to book day centre places at homes and centres already providing care to people with dementia and complex needs.

Councillor Cate McDonald, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, explained: “Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust confirmed that they could no longer provide the services at Hurlfield View in September 2016. We have been working non-stop since then to make sure that alternative services are available when Hurlfield closes. This has been our absolute first priority. We know how important it is for the people who use it and their carers.

“We are now 100 per cent confident that we will have sufficient pre-bookable respite and day care places available by April 2017. We will be able to start arranging bookings from mid-February and we will be in contact with Hurlfield View users shortly to discuss the alternatives available.

“I understand that people are concerned and want to assure them that all of the providers we are going to be working with are well rated and already providing care and support to people with complex needs and their carers.

“I am also able to confirm that we will be able to support at least as many people as we did before with pre-bookable respite, overnight stays, and day support. These services will also be closer to people’s homes.”

Sheffield City Council will soon be contacting people who currently use Hurlfield View to take bookings for respite care from April. The authority is in the final stages of procuring new contracts with the care home and day centre providers and will release their names in mid-February once all contractual processes are complete.

Background information:

Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust deliver the current service which was designed to run until 2018. But last September, the Trust said it could no longer provide it beyond March 2017.

Since then the council has been working to get the new arrangements in place, as well as speaking with people who use Hurlfield View to see what they would like from the new arrangements.