Decrepit Solihull care home set to be demolished and rebuilt

Solihull

A care home in Solihull borough of Olton is set to be demolished, clearing the way for a new home to be built elsewhere in the district. 

Brookvale Care Home, which is currently home to 22 residents but has room for 60, has been judged too old to remain open by Solihull Council.

Staff at the 44-year old residence earned a CQC rating of Good for being caring and effective in the home’s last inspection published in January 2015. But overall the CQC said the home Requires Improvement.

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The council (pictured) was told that improvements to the current Brookvale Care Home would cost more than £2 million over 10 years to bring it up to specification.

The decision was made that it would be more cost-effective to demolish the home and start again.

Solihull Councillor Ken Meeson, who oversees health and wellbeing in the borough, said the existing building was not fit for purpose. “The constraints of the existing building mean that even with refurbishment it would have been extremely difficult to meet modern standards and provide people with a service that offers them the best quality of life and maintain maximum dignity and respect,” he told the Solihull Observer newspaper.

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