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Changes To Dementia Services In Poole

Borough of Poole's Full Council has approved changes to the contract with Care UK to provide dementia care services within the borough.
 
The council is keen to ensure that high quality dementia care services continue to be provided to people in Poole. It is vital that people who suffer from dementia and their carers receive the best possible services that meet their needs and it is hoped through renegotiating the terms of the contract this will be secured for the long-term.

The changes were approved on 22 April and are also expected to save over £750,000 over the contract term, which runs until 2021. The priority for both the council and Care UK is to ensure the impact on the individuals affected is minimised.
 
The changes will see the lease of Garland Road Day Centre come to an end. People using the day centre will be invited to join Poole Day Centre and the Care UK employees at the day centre will become Borough of Poole employees. Once the staff have been transferred to the council they will then be redeployed to day services at Poole Day Centre.   
 
Members have also accepted that Mitchell House Residential Home’s physical environment is not suitable for the future delivery of dementia care and therefore the decision has been made that the home will close by early Summer. It is felt that more suitable care environments can be provided at alternative homes and the priority now is to work with individuals and their families to ensure their needs are best met moving forward. Care UK and Borough of Poole are working together to ensure the residents are given advice and information about the local choices available to them, including the opportunity to move to Care UK’s brand new care home in York Road, The Potteries, which opened in Autumn 2013 and is only a couple of miles away from Mitchell House.
 
Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Health and Well-being, Borough of Poole, said: "Our priority is to work with Care UK to ensure residents at Mitchell House are fully informed about the choices available to them and help them move as easily as possible to new homes, which will meet their future care needs.  We understand that it is difficult for both residents and their families when a care home closes but we are confident that the alternatives available to the residents will be suitable for their needs."
 
Andrew Knight, Care UK’s managing director for residential care  said: " We know Mitchell House has been a much loved home for over 30 years but sadly, the building is becoming harder and harder to maintain and doesn’t provide the right environment to deliver the nursing and dementia care that so many increasingly  frail care home residents need these days. We are proud of the investment we have made in Poole, The Potteries is already proving a popular choice with families. Mitchell House residents and their families will be invited to visit The Potteries where the team will make them very welcome.”

"We  have a comprehensive programme of meetings and consultation with colleagues from Mitchell House to help them   through this difficult time.  As a national company, we are able to offer lots of opportunities across the country for those who would like to stay with us.”

Representatives from Care UK and Borough of Poole will be meeting with residents and their families over the next week to help decide on suitable new homes. All residents will be offered a social worker to provide assistance should that be necessary to provide support through this period of change.  Similar meetings will also be held with the users of the Garland Road Day Centre.