Poole considers first council-run home in 30 years

Plans for the first council run care home in over 30 years are to be considered by district officers.

Councillors will this week consider an application for an 80-bed home on the former site of Care UK’s Mitchell House site, which has been closed for two years, the Bournemouth Echo reported.

Borough of Poole cabinet member for adult social services Karen Rampton, said: “One of the council’s priorities is promoting the health and wellbeing or our residents, especially the most vulnerable.

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“Developing a council-owned care home will allow us to achieve the best value for money when placing residents in residential care and also improve our ability to place people closer to home, making it easier for friends and family to visit on a regular basis.”

Subject to planning permission, the two-storey home, which would be suitable for people living with dementia, would open by the summer of 2019.

The home, which would include solar panels, would be run independently under the council.

The planning committee report describes the development as an ”up-to-date fully equipped modern care home, providing attractive accommodation for residents in landscaped grounds that would preserve the residential character of the area”.

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