There is less than a month left for people to express their views on the Adult Social Care services Medway Council provides for residents.

The authority is still keen to hear the views of service users, their carers and families, staff, and other residents and interested parties across Medway.

Three consultations are taking place and each runs until 9 February 2012.

One seeks views on proposals to sell Nelson Court residential home, in Chatham, and to outsource care at Robert Bean Lodge, in Rochester, and Platters Farm Lodge, in Rainham, to independent providers, whilst retaining ownership of these two buildings.

The proposals, if they go ahead, would mean residents in all three homes would still get the same quality of services they already get, but the council would pay independent providers for them.

The second consultation is on a proposal to close the Balfour Day Centre, in Rochester, following a significant drop in the number of people using the facility as more Adult Social Care service users opt for personalised budgets. These personalised budgets give users the freedom to choose how they spend the money available for them on the kind of activities and services they need and want.

In addition to this, the council is holding a third consultation on proposals to make contributions for adult social care services fairer for all.

This proposal aims to ensure that all who benefit from social care services support make a fair contribution to their care regardless of the type of support they receive.

Three public meetings will take place later this month, each one with a separate agenda:

• Outsourcing Robert Bean Lodge, Nelson Court and Platters Farm – Wednesday, 18 January from 6pm to 8pm at St George’s Centre, Chatham.

• Fairer charging – The Corn Exchange, Rochester from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, 24 January.

• Decommissioning the Balfour Centre – St George’s Centre, Chatham from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, 31 January.

Cllr David Brake, Portfolio Holder for Adult Services, said: “We aim to consult on all these proposals for changes to Adult Social Care and I would urge all service users, their carers and families, staff and other interested parties to please take an active part in this consultation.

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