Cabinet Members Recommend Development of Care Home

Borough of Poole's Cabinet Members have recommended to Full Council plans for the Council to develop its own, independently operated care home.

The full business case, which was approved by Cabinet on 6 September, will now go to Full Council on 27 September, seeking to develop a modern, spacious and energy-efficient 80-bed care home providing specialist nursing and dementia care.

The council-owned care home would be operated independently under a contract specifically aimed at helping Poole's residents who are unable to fully fund their own care needs. It would also allow the council to help shape the care market at a time when there is a shortage of suitable care provision in the local area.

Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Services, Borough of Poole, said: "One of the Council's priorities is promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents, especially the most vulnerable. The population of older people in Poole is increasing and we are currently totally reliant on the independent care sector which is becoming increasingly unaffordable to the public sector.

"Developing a Council-owned care home will allow us to achieve better value for money when placing residents in residential care and also improve our ability to place people closer to home, making it easier for friends and family to visit on a regular basis." 

If approved, the care home will be built on land at 2 Mitchell Road. This land was formerly occupied by Mitchell House which was closed in 2014 following the decision that it would not meet the future needs of those requiring a care home.

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