Future of two care homes to be discussed
On Wednesday 18 July, the county council’s cabinet is being asked to consider proposals to close two care homes in Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire Care Partnership (GCP) which includes the care provider The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) - together with Gloucestershire County Council who own the homes - will ask the council’s cabinet to decide if Townsend House in Mitcheldean and Trevone House in Gloucester should close. Both homes currently run with less than 80 per cent occupancy, which means they are not making enough money to cover costs.
Townsend House and Trevone House date back to the 1960s. Since then care in the county has changed significantly with more people choosing to live at home or individuals having more complex needs that the care homes were not designed to cater for. These two homes have been significantly impacted by these changes.
Cabinet will also be asked to approve a twelve-week consultation to give residents, families and employees time to consider and put forward options for onward care.
Dan Hayes, Chief Executive at The Orders of St John Care Trust, said: “Our priority is the wellbeing of our residents and we along with the council will be providing support to all individuals and families affected to ensure a smooth transition to alternative local accommodation if the proposal is supported. On the basis that the two homes close all our employees will be offered roles in other OSJCT homes and hence we are not planning for any redundancies’
Over the past five years, more people are being helped to live at home or are choosing more modern, newer care homes in their area. Townsend House and Trevone House, which are both older-style homes, have been significantly impacted by these changes and are no longer financially sustainable. In discussions with the council we have been unable to find any alternative options that would make these homes viable. GCP has therefore asked that cabinet consider its proposals to close both homes and help residents relocate to existing homes in the local areas that suit their needs.”
Cllr Roger Wilson, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I would like to reassure residents, their families and staff that if the decision is taken to close the homes, we will do all we can to support them. We will make sure they understand all of the options that are available to them and are helped through this period of change.”
The report will be presented to cabinet on 18 July 2018 and the papers will be available online here - www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/July-cabinet