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Fall in the demand for care home places sees St Hilary set to close

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

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A LONGSTANDING residential care home in Bude is being closed because there is no longer the demand to keep it open.

Cornwall Care, which provides care to more than 1,700 older people in Cornwall, said occupancy at the 37-bedroom home in Bramble Hill had dropped to 17 residents and that it would close on March 3.

Residents, their families and staff have been informed and Cornwall Care is working closely with Cornwall Council to help residents find a new place to live.

Cornwall Care chief executive Douglas Webb said: "Closing a home is not a decision we take lightly but a lack of referrals means St Hilary has struggled with occupancy rates for some time and we had to close a wing last summer.

"These challenges are not unique to Cornwall Care and reflect a general national trend away from residential care towards services being delivered in people's own homes, and when they do need care it tends to be more specialist in nature to cater for more complex needs like dementia.

"Our priority now is to ensure that we identify the best possible alternative accommodation for all the residents at St Hilary because their welfare is paramount.

"We understand that a number of residential homes locally have vacancies so we are hopeful that our residents can remain in the local community.

"Staff at St Hilary will be able to apply for redeployment within Cornwall Care in other homes or community services, and our domiciliary care team in Bude is currently growing."

Mr Webb said Cornwall Care was responding to the changing needs of older people in Cornwall by planning to build a series of care "villages" that would have a specialist nursing home at their heart to meet nursing and dementia care needs, surrounded by extra-care housing where older people could live independently but benefit from additional support if required.

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  • Lollipops  |  February 10 2014, 7:34AM

    Another one bites the dust Tell me about the care St Hilary is a special home with a very special atmosphere. There is a real feeling of contentment throughout the building and our clients tell us they have a strong sense of belonging. So much for that special feeling of belonging. Now no longer financially viable Cornwall Care is yet again packing the bags of the residents that had such strong sense of belonging. In the space of four months, two out of 18 Cornwall Care Homes have turned the lights out, now would be thinking which Cornwall Care home is designated for closure. I wish the residents well in there new surroundings and hope they can again achieve that sense of belonging they once had and to the staff I hope your to find a sense of belonging in your new employment.

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  • Lollipops  |  February 10 2014, 7:23AM


  • Lollipops  |  February 10 2014, 7:20AM

    On Cornwall Care website for St Hilary in Bude, they state tell me more about the care st Hilary is a special home with a Special atmosphere. there is a real feel of contentment throughout the building and our clients tell us they have a strong sense of belonging. I'm confused Cornwall Care is so good at listening to residents using the service, that as soon as they are no longer financially viable you pack their bags and shut the front door. So much for having a strong sense of belonging. Now can you really trust this organisation, it is time to start wandering what Cornwall Care home is next on the list to bite the dust!

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