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Care home for elderly 'to close'
One care home for elderly people in Northamptonshire is to shut and another is to have a reduced number of beds, councillors decided on Monday.

The county council's cabinet committee decided to reduce the number of care beds at Manor House in Thrapston and to close Nicholls House in Northampton.

The plans were first put forward as part of a package to help save the council millions of pounds.

The council said it was talking to staff and residents over the changes.

A council spokeswoman said the scheme is "part of continuing work to ensure that older people needing residential care are accommodated in buildings suitable for their needs".

'Work with residents'

Cabinet member for community care Rosemary Bromwich said: "We will continue to work very closely with residents, other service users and staff in the coming weeks to help make the transition to the new arrangements as smooth as possible.

"Residents of Nicholls House will have full support to gradually help them, as a group, get used to a new home, and staff will be moving with them to help them settle in."

Detailed planning for the changes will now begin, with the three permanent residents at Nicholls House planning to move together to an alternative home.

Once the residents have a preferred choice, it is hoped to arrange day visits and overnight stays for them, to help them acclimatise to a new home.

Day centre users from Nicholls House will be referred to alternative centres while Northampton Borough Council will be working to find alternative accommodation for their tenants in flats on the Nicholls House site.

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