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Service offers for users of Lincoln care home planned for closure

Users of the Nettleham Linelands care home earmarked for closure by May will have a chance to shop around for alternative care solutions.

The County Council is organising on February 27 from 10am to midday a marketplace event, where local providers of care services will showcase what they can offer.

This is in order to help care users and their families find the best alternative solutions for their respite and day care needs.

As previously reported, Linelands along with Bonner House in Sleaford and Harrison House in Grantham, is part of the second wave of care home closures by the council.

Lincolnshire County Council estimates savings of £2.5 million by the end of 2013 from the closure of eight care homes in the county.

Councillor Graham Marsh said: “We know these are uncertain times for the people who use the three homes, so the time has now come for them to hear first-hand about some of the high-quality alternative care options available for them.

“Of course, we fully understand that the change from our existing homes will be disruptive for people, so events like this are part of our pledge to help them every step of the way.

“The county council promised to only close the remaining three homes when we were confident that alternatives were available; we’ve worked very hard to identify and create those alternatives by stimulating the market and a range of choices, with sufficient vacancies and specialisms, now exists in each area.”

Information packs will also be sent to the service users and each of the homes, providing local information about services that are available.