Poole to unveil council-owned care home plans


Plans are to be unveiled this month of Poole’s first council-owned care home in 30 years.

Residents are to be invited to a drop-in session to find out more about the 80-bed development planned for the former Care UK Mitchell House site at Canford Heath, the Bournemouth Echo reports.

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

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“This new care home will help us do just that, giving us an extra 80 high quality beds and improving our ability to place people closer to home, making it easier for friends and family to visit on a regular basis.”

The local authority approved plans for the home in September insisting the private sector was too expensive (see Council plans own care home saying private sector is too expensive).

News of the home, which could open by the summer of 2019, follows the closure of five services in the borough in the past two years.

The council said the new home would be operated independently under a contract aimed at helping Poole residents unable to fully fund their own care needs.

The formerly Care UK Mitchell House was closed in 2014.

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