Care Homes To Close in Dorchester and Weymouth
5:01pm 8th January 2013
(Updated 10:23am 9th January 2013)
Two adult residential care homes in South Dorset have been earmarked for closure.
Douglas Jackman House in Dorchester and another home on Alexandra Road in Weymouth are no longer fit for use - according to the Care Quality Commission - and adults with higher support needs aren't being placed there as a result.
Inspectors say the physical layout and design of the 2 homes don't enable residents there to live in a safe place which promotes independence.
Combined, 23 adults of varying ages with learning disabilities currently live in the 2 separate homes. 100 County Council staff provides care and support to both houses too.
Speaking to Wessex FM acting Director of Adult Community Services Harry Capron, wouldn't say whether those care workers would keep their jobs.
"At the moment the way we deliver the service is in a residential care facility. So we can't do that when there's a move to supported living, it would have to be done in a different way. That's what we're consulting on and that could be done by the county council or by another agency on our behalf."
The County Council plans to move service users from both residential houses into supported housing instead, which they say will give service users greater independence and more choice.
There's concern the proposed changes could impact existing residents but Council Leaders say service users will be moved into alternative accommodation nearby, allowing them to stay in their local communities.
Click the player below to hear Mr Capron explains the main differences between supported housing and residential homes.
A third residential home, Phoenix House in Blandford, faces closure too in favour of alternative accommodation but that's predicted to be a significantly smaller move.
Cabinet is set to approve the start of consultations next week where staff and residents will learn about the proposed changes and have a chance to speak out.
Alternative sites to provide supported housing are already being built. It's hoped the one in Dorchester will be finished by June/July 2013 and the new Weymouth property in January 2014.