COUNCILLORS spelt out their concerns about changes to rehabilitation services as they quizzed health and care chiefs.

They feared elderly people who need support would end up in nursing homes where staff would have a different focus.

They were also worried about how far family and friends would have to

travel to see them as they recuperated after a stay in hospital.

The questions came as Brighton and Hove City Council prepares to give Knoll House over to young people with mental health needs.

The premises, in Ingram Crescent West, Hove, will no longer be used for adult social care although there will be space for people needing rehabilitation at the Lindridge Care Home building in Hangleton.

Conservative councillor Dawn Barnett, who represents Hangleton and Knoll ward, was told patients discharged from hospital to Lindridge would not have to pay care home fees.

At a meeting of the council’s health overview and scrutiny committee at Hove Town Hall she said: “I feel a bit happier about the rehab centre at Lindridge and I will be going in to have a look around and see what is going on.

“Rehabilitation is needed for the elderly or they end up sitting indoors waiting for God.”

Green councillor Tom Druitt backed her in asking for a report on rehab services to be presented to the committee next year.

He told the meeting: “A word of caution… in a rehab centre that is purely for rehab, there is a culture of rehab.

“In a nursing home that does more general nursing as well as various other specialities, that culture might not be as strong.

“Therapists might go and do some rehab with someone for two hours but for the rest of the 22 hours of the day there won’t be that culture, necessarily, of continuous rehab, and this is what we might be losing from Knoll House.”

Rob Persey, the council’s executive director for health and adult social care, said there were plenty of other beds for people with care and rehabilitation needs.

He said rehabilitation would still go on at Craven Vale, which is near the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton.

There will be a Sussex-wide review next year into short-stay “step up” and “step down” beds for people who do not need hospital care.

The report on Knoll House is due to go to the health overview and scrutiny committee as well as the council’s health and wellbeing board.