Gloucestershire County Council has decided to close down four care homes due to the pressures of ‘wider market conditions’.
The council agreed to close down Orchard House, Westbury Court, Bohanam House and The Elms following a six-week consultation with residents, their relatives and staff that involved a series of meetings in each of the four homes.
In addition to those meetings and an online survey, an independent company also hosted consultation events and provided a separate feedback report which was presented to the council’s cabinet.
Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: ‘Taking the decision to close someone’s home is never easy but, having considered all the information in front of us, it was the right one to make.
‘Understandably the wider market conditions and issues are less important to the residents and families of these homes, but they are matters we must address in fulfilling our duty to support a stable and effective local care market.
‘I know residents in these homes will be anxious about the future, but our dedicated social care staff will use all their skills and knowledge to minimise disruption for the residents of these homes. Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation and market engagement.’
Cabinet also approved plans to deliver a new or redeveloped facility on The Elms site in Stonehouse, to provide nursing and residential care.
Cllr Hawthorne added: ‘It important to remember that part of today’s decision was to invest in new, purpose-built facilities in areas of the county that need them most, helping to ensure care provision in Gloucestershire meets the needs of residents for the years ahead. Work will begin soon to ensure these plans are progressed.’