Council plans own care home saying private sector is too expensive

Poole Council has said that rising private sector costs may force it to build its own care home.

The council’s cabinet has recommended backing plans for an 80-bed care home in Mitchell Road, Canford Heath on the site of a former residential home, the Bournemouth Echo reports.

Cllr Karen Rampton, cabinet portfolio holder for adult social services at BOP, said: “The population of older people in Poole is increasing and we are currently totally reliant on the independent care sector which is becoming increasingly unaffordable to the public sector.”

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If passed the move would mean the first council-owned home in the borough for me than 30 years.

The home would operate independently under a contract specifically aimed at Poole residents who are unable to fully fund their own care needs, the council said.

In his report to the council’s cabinet Phil Hornsby, head of commissioning and improvement, said private care home operators were demanding fees “significantly above rates acceptable to the council”.

A recent Prestige Nursing + Care study found that care home costs in the UK have soared past the £30,000 mark for the first time in the UK (see Care home costs soar past the £30,000 mark).

The council will take a decision on the proposal on 27 September.

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