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Scope exists to change society so that it is a better place for disabled people and their families. In October 2013, we made a proposal to change or close 11 of our 35 care homes over the next three years. We want to raise expectations when it comes to disability. We want everything we do to reflect our ambitions.
Many of these care homes were set up in the 1960s and 1970s. Now, 50 years later, disabled people’s aspirations have changed. The way people are supported by social care has changed. These days, more disabled people want to live in their community, supported by staff they choose using personal budgets.
We reviewed all our care homes for disabled adults in 2013 to find out which most needed to change. We considered things like:
These are difficult proposals for many people who live in our care homes, their families and staff. We know they may have a profound impact on people’s lives. We are committed to doing this responsibly and we are following a plan we know works. We will listen and talk with everyone affected before making any decisions.
We are proposing to spread out consultation with everyone who lives and works in the care homes over the next three years so we have the time and resources to support each person to take part.
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We’ll hold the consultation process at different times at each service over the next three years. This will give us enough time to listen and talk to everyone and each person who lives in the care home can have an independent advocate to help them take part.
We will set out why we believe the proposals are right for each care home. Everyone will be able to challenge our reasons and put forward alternative proposals which support disabled people to live independently in the community. We welcome alternative proposals and will give them serious consideration before making a decision.
If we decide to go ahead with the proposals after the consultation process, we’ll support each resident to work with their social care team so they understand what is important to each individual and what support they need in future. This way, we’ll have the best chance of supporting each person and their families to work with the council to get the care and support that’s right for them.
We will support everyone to move on to somewhere that meets their needs, whether that’s another residential care home, living by themselves or sharing a house with friends.
Want to know more about our care home plans?
If you have any questions about these proposals, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have supported everyone to make decisions about their future when moving on from our care homes.
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