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Cabinet Agree to Consult on Plans to Close 2 South Dorset Care Homes

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7:25am 16th January 2013
(Updated 3:02pm 16th January 2013)

Dorset County Council has agreed to consult on the closure of 2 care homes in Dorchester and Weymouth.

A report from the Care Quality Commission found the homes, Douglas Jackman House and another on Alexandra Road were falling behind modern standards and unsuitable for new referrals.

Both provide accommodation and care services to people with learning difficulties.

Cabinet Members met this morning (Wednesday 16th January) and agreed to consult further on closing the homes and invest in supported housing for service users instead.

Cllr Andrew Cattaway, cabinet member for adult and community services 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.

“Residential 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.”

A 90-day consultation with staff and trade unions will also begin and the council are looking to avoid the need for compulsory redundancies by exploring options for staff to transfer to the new ways of supporting the service users, and by providing alternative posts through the council’s redeployment programme.

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