This service is now closed
Jack Howarth House, a residential care home for six disabled adults, is now closed. Following consultation with the people who lived there, their relatives, staff and funding authorities the decision was made to close the service on 31 July 2014.
Last year we reviewed all our residential care homes and in September 2013 our Board of Trustees made a proposal
to close Jack Howarth House in 2016. Disabled people increasingly want services which give them more choice and control about who they live with, where they live and what they do with their day – and we don’t believe the service offered that. Unfortunately events forced us to change that proposal as we were unable to recruit staff with the right skills and knowledge and have been using agency staff to cover the service. As a charity, we cannot afford to continue losing a significant amount of money running a statutory service.
We supported everyone who lived there to move to a new home before the service closed. Staff supported each person to think about what was important to them and how they would like to be supported in future. Each person has moved to a variety of different kinds of support and housing; some to supported living, others to smaller care homes and some to larger care homes with better facilities. Staff did a fantastic job and planned a smooth transition for each person with day visits, overnight stays and short breaks. We really appreciate how hard our staff worked at what was a difficult time and their commitment to supporting the residents and their families as they moved to their new homes.