A THINK-TANK of councillors is looking into the impact of council budget cuts on residential care for older people.
Councillors on the Scrutiny Commission have heard that - while care homes in Barnsley are providing a generally good standard of care - there is real concern that because of the financial pressure some of the homes may be struggling and a ‘tipping point’ may be reached soon with the possibility they could start to face real difficulties.
Coun Jen Worton said: “Older people receive very good care in Barnsley’s care homes. However, there is a risk that some businesses may begin to struggle in the current economic climate.
"We as a commission do not want to see care home residents being moved from one home to another as this can have grave consequences in terms of their health and wellbeing.”
The commission members are now going to visit care homes in their areas and speak to staff, residents and their families about their experience of residential care.
The commission is also going to invite representatives from care homes to a full meeting of the commission on Thursday 13 October to hear about their concerns.
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