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New consultation launched on future of home

A consultation on a proposal to close a care home at Kintbury, West Berkshire by December has been opened. The proposal is due to the changing shape of demand for Adult Social Care in recent years and the impact of the pandemic on the needs of older people.

At Notrees Care Home, there is space to accommodate 18 residents and currently 10 residents are being cared for. The closure is being proposed due to a reduced need for the type of care provided, the challenges presented by the rural location, particularly with staff recruitment and retention, and the size and condition of the building.

West Berkshire Council currently manages three care homes. When fully occupied they can provide nursing and residential care for 115 people over the age of 65, who have been assessed as requiring 24 hour care. The homes employ approximately 140 permanent staff, with a heavy reliance on agency and casual staff, to ensure that safe staffing levels are achieved.

Paul Coe, Service Director for Adult Social Care at West Berkshire Council commented: “We will be speaking directly with current residents and their families, staff who are directly affected, and other local stakeholders. We will work to understand each resident’s priorities and preferences and will assist them and their families to identify and secure an alternative, appropriate care placement. All of our other care homes currently have multiple vacancies, and residents would be offered a place in one of these, in the first instance.”

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