Closure for outstanding Yate residential home

October 03 2017

A COUNCIL-run care home in Yate for people with dementia has started to be decommissioned because the building does not meet modern day standards.

A COUNCIL-run care home in Yate for people with dementia has started to be decommissioned because the building does not meet modern day standards.

South Gloucestershire Council said the care provided and the overall rating of Woodleaze was rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

But the building itself was not of a standard to meet current requirements and could not provide the best quality of life and dignity for residents.

 Members of the council’s Cabinet have approved the decommissioning process and said arrangements would now be put in place for residents to transfer to more modern settings, with the remaining staff also supported through the next steps. Any new admissions to the home will also stop.

In 2010, the council agreed to an ‘in principle’ decision to decommission all eight of its care homes as part of a programme to give better support to older people. Six have already closed.

It said a new care home was due to open in Yate, near Woodleaze, and other state-of-the-art homes had already opened in other parts of South Gloucestershire.

Ben Stokes, the Cabinet member responsible for adult care, said: “In the last 16 months, 14 residents have had to be moved from Woodleaze because the building could no longer meet their increasingly complex care needs.

“A market review, which considered the availability of alternative settings for people with dementia, showed there is more than sufficient capacity across South Gloucestershire for the remaining residents to be able to make the necessary transfers to more modern homes, which would then enable Woodleaze to close.

“Throughout the transition period, residents, their families and staff will continue to be supported and communicated with by the council.”