Norse Care begins consultation on care home closure

Norfolk’s largest care home provider Norse Care has begun a consultation on the closure of a service it says is no longer fit for purpose.

Residents, relatives, staff and others are being invited to respond to the proposals for Burman House in Wisbech by Tuesday, November 20.

A Norse Care spokesperson said: “Many of the bedrooms at Burman House are small and this means that it is not possible to use specialist moving and handling equipment in these rooms.  Over the past years the dependency levels of older people requiring, and being eligible for residential care, has increased substantially, and these levels continue to rise.

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“Consequently, the demand for the small bedrooms has declined which has had a significant impact on the occupancy rates. A review of Norse Care’s residential homes identified that the cost of providing care at Burman House is high because of a high level of bed vacancies and this has resulted in high overheads.”

Norse Care said the plans were part of its wider development programme to develop new homes and extra care housing, which will see it expand into other services, including proposals in West Norfolk.

The Norfolk based operator closed its Priorsmead service in Thetford in December 2017 following a consultation (see Norse Care consults on plans to close Thetford home).

The provider said Burman House residents would be supported in finding alternative accommodation in the area in the event the closure goes ahead.

“Norse Care are keen to reassure everyone that they will support them and listen to their views through the consultation,” the provider said.

“Whatever the outcome, social services has a responsibility to look after all residents and will ensure everyone is given support.”

The consultation can be accessed here: https://norfolk.citizenspace.com/consultation/burmanhouse

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