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Ageing Care Buildings Brought into Question in Bridport


2:07pm 2nd December 2013
(Updated 2:09pm 2nd December 2013)

The future of adult social care is heading for a shakeup in Bridport.

Plans to replace ageing service units are under the spotlight and ideas for a change will go before the County Council's Cabinet this week (Wednesday 4th December).

Dorset County Council says many adult social care facilities in Bridport are in old buildings that need to be replaced and it's not worth upgrading current units because it will cost too much to modernise.

The Sidney Gale Care Home could be one of the sites to shut their doors but no decisions have been made yet and the local authority says they have no intention to close the site, before a suitable replacement is available.

Subject to Cabinet approval, options laid out on the table will go out to a full public consultation on 16th December for 12 weeks.

Cllr Jill Haynes, Cabinet member for adult social care at Dorset County Council, said:

"We want to support people to live independent and fulfilling lives, based on their choice and what is important to them.  We also have to find more innovative ways to deliver services that reflects national best practice and people's changing expectations.

"One of the things I think we need to look at is the co-housing option. Where people move from their own homes into accommodation that they can purchase, lease, or rent. That gives them friends, closeness to a community and it gives them people who will go in and help them with their independence in their own home. It would be the sort of accommodation where you could eat in a communal dining room or in your own flat, kind of like a warden run living where people can also come in and deliver care services in your own home."

 "The council is committed to ensuring that local people have access to high-quality care services that are able to meet future demands. We look forward to working with the people in Bridport on these exciting projects."

The options for Sidney Gale Care Home are based on the fact that the home is not fit for purpose in the long-term and it would not be financially viable to upgrade the building.

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