County Plans Home Closure
Gloucestershire County Council has announced proposals to close Southfields and Wyatt House care homes in Stroud and now seeking residents and public views in advance of a decision later this month
Why the closure?
Both homes are owned by the County Council and managed under contract by the Gloucestershire Care Partnership (which consists of care provider Orders of St John and housing association BPHA). Both homes have been in need of modernisation or replacement but plans agreed in 2005 to replace or improve homes have been cancelled by the County Council.
Need for New Homes
Since both homes were built more modern approaches to enable residents to live independently including the provision of Extra Care Housing have been developed. Also there is a need for more intensive residential care, including provision for dementia and nursing care which are able to support residents with higher needs
These homes should not be replaced before the County Council has agreed a new estate investment plan with Gloucestershire Care Partnership
David Drew MP Concerns
“It is clear that residents and their relatives are very distressed. I was pleased to be able to talk to them directly and listen to their concerns, and I will be raising these with Gloucestershire County Council as well as with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
“I am particularly worried that the closure of Southfield and Wyatt will mean there is a lack of provision in Stroud town which is easily accessible for loved ones, and a lack of specialist provision for people with dementia.
“There has been a lack of investment in these homes but I am concerned that closing them could prove to be a false economy.
“It seems that this decision is being rushed, which is particularly distressing for elderly, vulnerable people. I would like to see reassurance that better alternative provision will be made.”