Back in 2008, decisions were made about the future of these homes by the Residential Futures Project. Maesknoll and St Peters were identified for closure and sale, Westleigh was partly developed into a Resource Centre and Rockwell was identified for modernisation as a home for people with dementia.
As a result of the downturn in the economy these plans were put on hold in 2010 pending a review. The residential consultation is part of this review.
When the consultation ends on 29th February, Council officers will produce a report, which will include the views expressed during the consultation. The report will give possible options on how residential care in Bristol could change and make recommendations to assist Cabinet to decide on a way forward. The Cabinet meeting will be held on March 29th 2012.
Maesknoll is a home for 40 people situated in a Hengrove housing estate. It currently has 26 residents.
Rockwell is a home for 30 people with Dementia situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in Lawrence Weston. It currently has 26 residents.
St Peters is a home for 30 people situated in a residential area of Horfield. It currently has 22 residents.
Westleigh is situated in a residential area of St George close to Troopers Hill. It has 20 long-term residents on the ground floor and 10 short-term beds on the first floor. A day centre also operates on the same site.
At meetings over the past week, families at all the homes expressed confidence in the staff considering them to be well trained and providing a good caring environment which gave security to residents and peace of mind to families. Training and a positive ethos have been highlighted as important areas to focus on when monitoring and ensuring quality.
Combating isolation was raised and a consistent view is that the residential environment provides the opportunity for good informal socialisation. As one resident put it “It’s nice to have someone to sit with and do nothing”.
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