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Petition to: Save our Elderly Care Homes

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We the undersigned petition Surrey County Council to Save our Elderly Care Homes. More details

Petition update 3 from the council, 13 March 2015

Thank you for the petitions in support of the statement outlined above.

The decision to make the recommendations in the 10 March 2015 Cabinet report has not been taken lightly. The recommendations include the closure of the six remaining in-house older people’s residential care homes and find suitable alternative services for all current users in each of these homes.

The change in demand for residential adult social care services place the future viability of the six homes in doubt. This change in demand has been the main focus of the service along with the need to deliver quality, dignified care to older people, often with multiple complex needs.
In finalising the recommendations the validity of the four options proposed during consultation has been reviewed.

The reasons for the recommendations are:

· The demand for residential care for older people is changing as is their preference, with support, to continue living at home.
· Optimum occupancy cannot be achieved in any of these homes due to the building limitations, which in part leads to low occupancy and higher staffing levels. This makes the delivery of the services unsustainable.
· It will remain difficult to accept the range of referrals and complexity of need currently being received unless the current facilities are restructured to the modern standards identified for dignified care delivery. To convert these homes would require multiple moves for the residents which is not best practice and would not necessarily result in a satisfactory conclusion.
· 91% residential placements made by the council are made in the independent sector. There is a diverse independent care sector in Surrey offering quality services. The council has an ongoing relationship working with the sector to ensure responsiveness to commissioning intentions. In the last year the council placed 263 people in residential care and 857 in nursing care in independent sector provision. It has also had high utilisation of its 905 block placement residential care beds. Investment in the council homes, either by refurbishment or reconfiguration, does not compare favourably, nor provide best value, with commissioning existing alternative provision in the independent sector.
Should a decision be taken to close a home, any future use of that asset for Adult Social Care or the local community will need to be carefully assessed.


Mr Mel Few
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care
10 March 2015

Petition update 2 from the council, 26 February 2015

Further to my previous correspondence, I am writing to update the publication date of the committee papers for the special Cabinet meeting on 10 March 2015. These will now be published on the Council's website on Monday 2 March 2015 in line with the statutory publication deadline. You will be able to access these once they are live, using the following link:

http://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=120&MId=4386&Ver=4

Petition update 1 from the council, 24 February 2015

Dear Petitioners,

This petition will be considered at the next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 10 March. This will be a special meeting to specifically cover Surrey County Council Residential Care Homes for Older People.

You are welcome to attend this meeting and listen to the discussion.

The meeting will start at 2.00pm in the Ashcombe Suite at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DN.

Committee papers for this meeting will be available from Friday 27 February.

Please contact me with any questions regarding this meeting.

Kind Regards,

Vicky Hibbert
Cabinet Business Manager

vicky.hibbert@surreycc.gov.uk
02085419229

More details from petition creator

We call on Surrey County Council to invest in the redevelopment and refurbishment (or rebuilding) of its six remaining in-house elderly care homes. Brockhurst in Ottershaw, Cobgates in Farnham, Longfield in Cranleigh, Dormers in Caterham, Park Hall in Reigate and Pinehurst in Camberley. We do not accept the rationale for closure of any of these homes. The quality and level of care in these homes is outstanding. What is needed is the political will to invest in their modernisation - not to close them.

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