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Plans to Close Adult Disability Care Homes in South Dorset Backed by Council


8:11am 19th July 2013

There's no reprieve for residents with learning disabilities in two centres in Dorset who will be now be moved into self contained accomodation to live more independently.

The full county council backed measures previously agreed to close Douglas Jackman house in Dorchester and Weymouth's Alexandre Road.

Most of the Alexandra Road residents will move to a nearby property which is under construction and wil open inn October with 15 flats for people with learning disabilities.

The Douglas Jackman house residents will  be provided self contained units in the Dorchester area.

The county considered both current buildings to be no longer appropriate.

In a statement sent to Wessex FM, Cllr Jill Haynes, Cabinet member for adult social care at Dorset County Council, said:
"We know the staff at both homes work hard to support the residents and engage them in the local community, and the council wants to build on what they have accomplished to provide a modern, cost effective, improved service where people have greater independence and control over their lives.

"Accommodation and support services for people with a learning disability have developed greatly over the past decade to meet changing needs and expectations. Most adults with a learning disability and their carers prefer more independent living where people have their own self-contained accommodation and yet can maintain contact with others such as friends. This is also in line with the Government's guidelines for providing best possible care.

"Both homes are under-used and as a consequence, have high operating costs. We need to be receptive to the changes taking place to make sure our provision is flexible, cost effective and provides a greater choice and control for our service users.

"At this late stage, any uncertainty about the future of the homes would only bring more distress to the residents who have already had to prepare for the changes ahead."

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