We will be using this blog to provide weekly updates on the Residential Services consultation which started on December 1st 2011 and will close 29th February 2012. You can find out more about the consultation and read related documents on our consultation finder database.
Bristol has around 140 residential care homes, 11 of these are run by Bristol City Council. Our residential care homes for older people were reviewed in 2008 with recommendations to close all council-run services and replace them with a smaller number of resource centres and specialist dementia units. Work on this plan was put on hold in 2010 due to falling property prices and rising staff costs.
This consultation looks again at how services can be improved by developing alternatives to long-term residential care and making best use of all care homes in the city, including the independent sector.
We are asking for the views of residents, their families, friends and staff on the future of residential services in Bristol. This will help us decide how we can continue to improve services within the difficult financial environment that now exists.
Have you filled out our residential services consultation questionnaire?
We are speaking directly to residents, their families, groups and organisations representing older people, staff and trade unions to find out their views at a series of meetings over the next few weeks.
This week we have been meeting with staff, residents and families at:
- Coombe – a residential home in the North of the city specialising in the care of people with dementia.
- Greville – a residential home in the South of the city specialising in the care of people with dementia.
Comments and issues raised this week include:
- Concerns about people living in the community being isolated. Residential homes provide opportunities to make friends and socialise.
- Concerns about negative press reports on independent sector care homes and a lack of trust in monitoring and inspections.
- A comment that the quality of care in a residential home is more important than the physical environment.
We will keep you updated on the outcomes of the meetings on this page.
Please respond to the consultation using the questionnaire.
If you have comments or questions about the information in the weekly updates, please join the discussion.