Residential care consultation
This consultation has now closed
On Friday 21 September, 2012, the Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Felicity Hindson agreed to the closure of three of the County Council’s older style residential care homes.
The homes are:
- Addenbrooke, Gosport
- Thurlston House, Fleet
- Cornerways, Winchester
The information considered by Cllr Hindson is available here Decision Day papers
Senior social workers have been working closely with residents and their families during the consultation period and detailed discussions have enabled a full understanding of people’s preferences for their future care.
There is no set timetable for closure. The homes will only close once all residents and their families are happy with the alternative arrangements made for their accommodation and care, and within timescales that suit them personally.
Background to the decision
Hampshire County Council wants to provide excellent services for older people. The number of older people living in Hampshire is increasing, and the Council is planning for this now by looking at new ways of providing care and support which help people to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.
Recent research shows that the majority of older people would rather stay in a home of their own than move into traditional residential care if at all possible. This means focusing the limited resources available of different types of care services that are more in line with peoples’ expectations and wishes. This includes services delivered in people’s own homes such as Telecare, Shared Lives, and Extra Care Housing.
As people strive to live independently, so the decision to move into residential care is often taken at a later stage in life when their care needs are higher. Many of the County Council’s residential homes were built in the 1960s/1970’s and would require large scale improvement and modernisation to bring them up to modern standards so they are able to meet the increasing care needs and expectations of existing residents (as well as those of future residents).
Over the last few years, the Council has invested heavily in facilities for those with higher levels of care need, building three new nursing homes and refurbishing seven existing care homes to provide nursing beds. This investment comes at a time when an increasing number of people are finding they need to make the move from living independently at home with support, straight into nursing care.
The Council has also committed £42m to Extra-Care Housing around the county to meet the needs and wishes of older people in the future. Additionally, the Council is looking to extend two of its homes, Westholme in Winchester and Oakridge in Basingstoke to provide additional rooms built to modern standards.