Four Norwich care homes could be shut
Four Norwich care homes could be closed down, with 150 residents, including more than 70 with dementia, asked if they want to move to a new £18.9m 'care village' on the edge of the city.
Residents, family members and staff at the residential homes, where the average age of residents is 85, were told yesterday afternoon consultation was to begin over potentially shutting the care homes.
Bosses say the homes - Heathfield, Mountfield, Somerley and Philadelphia House - all date back to the 1970s and their age means they are not up to standards.
NorseCare, which runs the homes and is owned by Norfolk County Council, says its preferred option is to shut those homes and to transfer people to the 'care village' which is being built at the Three Score site in Bowthorpe or to other care homes or housing with care schemes.
That development, due to open in the middle of next year, includes a specialist 80-bed dementia care home, a housing with care scheme with 92 apartments and a 'village hub' including a shop, cafe, restaurant and hairdressers.
You may also want to watch:
Karen Knight, managing director of NorseCare said the current homes did not have en-suite bathrooms and the size of the bedrooms made it difficult to use specialist moving and handling equipment.
Ms Knight said: 'These are people's homes and we recognise that the prospect of potentially moving out of them may be daunting.
- 1 Former hunting lodge for sale for £1.695m with huge lake
- 2 Eagle-eyed plane spotter saves pilot's life
- 3 'Too close to home': Neighbours' shock as body found at Mousehold Heath
- 4 Never mind the limo - aspiring farmer rides tractor to prom night
- 5 Town's long wait for new £37m bypass nearly over as funding agreed
- 6 Which? warning to avoid sun cream brand for children
- 7 'The vibe is good' - Return to normality on first day of Latitude Festival
- 8 Park issues warning over bacteria which is toxic to dogs
- 9 Man suffers injuries after road rage assault near retail park
- 10 Queues in Norwich as hundreds flock to cider and sausage festival
'We want to reassure our residents, and their families and carers, that we will support them and listen to their concerns through the consultation.
'I hope they understand we are suggesting these changes to provide better care accommodation for people in Norfolk, now and in the future.'
But bosses insist no decisions will be taken until the end of the 12-week consultation.
They say other options are to do nothing, to admit no more residents and allow them to shut over a number of years, or to sell them to another care provider.
Once consultation finishes on August 28, the responses will be considered before a proposal is put to county councillors. If the proposal is to shut the homes and it is agreed, then the earliest any would close is the middle of next year.
• Do you live in one of the care homes or are you a family member of somebody who does? Let us know what you think of the possible closure by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 772375.