Mitchell House residential home to close in bid to save Poole council £750k

Bournemouth Echo: Dementia home to close in bid to save Poole council over £750k Dementia home to close in bid to save Poole council over £750k

AN ageing Poole residential home for people with dementia is to close this summer, along with a day centre.

Mitchell House in Mitchell Road, Canford Heath, which currently houses 46 people in need of dementia care, is set to close with residents being offered a transfer to Care UK’s new care home, The Potteries in York Road.

Garland Road Day Centre will also close, with the 12-14 people using the old day centre invited to join Poole Day Centre.

Shocked Care UK staff at Mitchell House were told yesterday (Thursday) of the plans with one saying, “Obviously people are upset. A lot of people have been there years and years.”

The changes, approved at a full meeting of Borough of Poole, are due to adjustments to the council’s contract with Care UK, which has provided dementia care services within the town since 2006.

It is expected to save the council more than £750,000 over the term of the contract, which runs until 2021.

Phil Hornsby, head of commissioning and improvement for social services, said part of the original agreement was for Care UK to build a new care home with day centre, but that had not happened.

“Mitchell House has had its day, it’s not suitable for the needs of people with dementia for the future,” he said. Staff at the day centre will become council employees and will be redeployed to existing day services.

“There is the potential for some redundancies from Mitchell House,” he said.

Cllr Karen Rampton, cabinet portfolio holder for health and well-being said: “Our priority is to work with Care UK to ensure residents at Mitchell House are fully informed about the choices available to them and help them move as easily as possible to new homes, which will meet their future care needs.

“We understand that it is difficult for both residents and their families when a care home closes but we are confident that the alternatives available to the residents will be suitable for their needs.”

A meeting is due to be held on Monday (April 28) with relatives.

  • Andrew Knight, Care UK’s managing director for residential care said: “We know Mitchell House has been a much loved home for over 30 years but sadly, the building is becoming harder and harder to maintain and doesn’t provide the right environment to deliver the nursing and dementia care that so many increasingly frail care home residents need these days.

“We are proud of the investment we have made in Poole. The Potteries is already proving a popular choice with families. Mitchell House residents and their families will be invited to visit The Potteries where the team will make them very welcome.”

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9:11am Fri 25 Apr 14

Marcus James says...

Poole Council cosy up to big business and don't care what the outcomes are for their residents and clients

Care UK equally has no morals or respect for quality, employing a manager who was criticised at a formal inquest into institutional abuse where at least 5 residents died of neglect in the home she was in charge of. Appointing here a Regional Director of Care UK

Well done Poole Council you are flying the flag of quality here!

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2471435
Poole Council cosy up to big business and don't care what the outcomes are for their residents and clients Care UK equally has no morals or respect for quality, employing a manager who was criticised at a formal inquest into institutional abuse where at least 5 residents died of neglect in the home she was in charge of. Appointing here a Regional Director of Care UK Well done Poole Council you are flying the flag of quality here! http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2471435 Marcus James
  • Score: 28

9:26am Fri 25 Apr 14

boyerboy says...

Could we see the breakdown of exactly how the savings will be made possible - seems to good to be true....an ageing building yes, but £100K a year extra to run ???????
Could we see the breakdown of exactly how the savings will be made possible - seems to good to be true....an ageing building yes, but £100K a year extra to run ??????? boyerboy
  • Score: 18

9:29am Fri 25 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Marcus James wrote:
Poole Council cosy up to big business and don't care what the outcomes are for their residents and clients

Care UK equally has no morals or respect for quality, employing a manager who was criticised at a formal inquest into institutional abuse where at least 5 residents died of neglect in the home she was in charge of. Appointing here a Regional Director of Care UK

Well done Poole Council you are flying the flag of quality here!

http://www.dailymail

.co.uk/news/article-

2471435
Tell us more,who is this manager who was criticised,yet is still "in the swim",are the public being misled over the real facts.
[quote][p][bold]Marcus James[/bold] wrote: Poole Council cosy up to big business and don't care what the outcomes are for their residents and clients Care UK equally has no morals or respect for quality, employing a manager who was criticised at a formal inquest into institutional abuse where at least 5 residents died of neglect in the home she was in charge of. Appointing here a Regional Director of Care UK Well done Poole Council you are flying the flag of quality here! http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2471435[/p][/quote]Tell us more,who is this manager who was criticised,yet is still "in the swim",are the public being misled over the real facts. pete woodley
  • Score: 21

10:10am Fri 25 Apr 14

smokee90 says...

An ageing care home? Yes. For clients/residents that ageing? Yes
My mother-in-law was a resident at MItchell House for a year. It was the happiest year she had for many. It looked and felt just like her home, she was comfortable and her care was second to none.
If this was difficult to maintain it could quite possibly have been because the council refused to contribute to the cost of upkeep once it was 'off their hands'.
We looked at other care homes and chose Mithchell House because of the style and how happy the residents were. We paid for her to go here, no funding! Not because it was cheap but because we knew it was somewhere she would happy.
I think it's a very sad day for the residents, their families and the dedicated staff. My family have very fond memories of the home, no sorry 'FAMILY' that was MIthcell House!!!!!!!! :(
An ageing care home? Yes. For clients/residents that ageing? Yes My mother-in-law was a resident at MItchell House for a year. It was the happiest year she had for many. It looked and felt just like her home, she was comfortable and her care was second to none. If this was difficult to maintain it could quite possibly have been because the council refused to contribute to the cost of upkeep once it was 'off their hands'. We looked at other care homes and chose Mithchell House because of the style and how happy the residents were. We paid for her to go here, no funding! Not because it was cheap but because we knew it was somewhere she would happy. I think it's a very sad day for the residents, their families and the dedicated staff. My family have very fond memories of the home, no sorry 'FAMILY' that was MIthcell House!!!!!!!! :( smokee90
  • Score: 26

10:18am Fri 25 Apr 14

guisselle says...

Wonder what will be built there in its place?
Wonder what will be built there in its place? guisselle
  • Score: 7

10:39am Fri 25 Apr 14

Marcus James says...

pete woodley wrote:
Marcus James wrote:
Poole Council cosy up to big business and don't care what the outcomes are for their residents and clients

Care UK equally has no morals or respect for quality, employing a manager who was criticised at a formal inquest into institutional abuse where at least 5 residents died of neglect in the home she was in charge of. Appointing here a Regional Director of Care UK

Well done Poole Council you are flying the flag of quality here!

http://www.dailymail


.co.uk/news/article-


2471435
Tell us more,who is this manager who was criticised,yet is still "in the swim",are the public being misled over the real facts.
You can read it here:

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2471435/Orchid-View-
inquest-Manager-inst
itutionalised-abuse-
care-home-STILL-job.
html

So much for Robust and Safe Recruitment practices, I wonder how many other well vetted staff they have working for them?
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marcus James[/bold] wrote: Poole Council cosy up to big business and don't care what the outcomes are for their residents and clients Care UK equally has no morals or respect for quality, employing a manager who was criticised at a formal inquest into institutional abuse where at least 5 residents died of neglect in the home she was in charge of. Appointing here a Regional Director of Care UK Well done Poole Council you are flying the flag of quality here! http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2471435[/p][/quote]Tell us more,who is this manager who was criticised,yet is still "in the swim",are the public being misled over the real facts.[/p][/quote]You can read it here: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2471435/Orchid-View- inquest-Manager-inst itutionalised-abuse- care-home-STILL-job. html So much for Robust and Safe Recruitment practices, I wonder how many other well vetted staff they have working for them? Marcus James
  • Score: 10

10:47am Fri 25 Apr 14

xxpurple333 says...

It will be replaced by flats that they will end up fitting the bill for anyway! Whatever happened to respecting our elders, yes the building could do with a bit of tlc, but it's homely and has beautiful gardens. The upset this will cause the residents and their family's is unimaginable, yet again it all comes down to money, the residents care is outstanding here and they are all very happy, it doesn't even bare to thing about how this will effect there health. I hope these people feel very proud of themselves.
It will be replaced by flats that they will end up fitting the bill for anyway! Whatever happened to respecting our elders, yes the building could do with a bit of tlc, but it's homely and has beautiful gardens. The upset this will cause the residents and their family's is unimaginable, yet again it all comes down to money, the residents care is outstanding here and they are all very happy, it doesn't even bare to thing about how this will effect there health. I hope these people feel very proud of themselves. xxpurple333
  • Score: 21

11:11am Fri 25 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

It's funny how the local councils keep closing facilities left, right and centre to 'save' money, yet can always find massively expensive projects to waste it on like the Twin Fails Bodge, Surf Reef, CPO on Exeter Road, beautifying Horseshoe Common to increase the value of the new development, and other stuff that benefits no-one in particular. Isn't it about time they got their priorities straight?
It's funny how the local councils keep closing facilities left, right and centre to 'save' money, yet can always find massively expensive projects to waste it on like the Twin Fails Bodge, Surf Reef, CPO on Exeter Road, beautifying Horseshoe Common to increase the value of the new development, and other stuff that benefits no-one in particular. Isn't it about time they got their priorities straight? speedy231278
  • Score: 25

11:12am Fri 25 Apr 14

Supporting care workers says...

One person in a company does not make every care worker an abuser!!! Carers are real people who CARE for people. We love and look after our residents!! And people who don't know or have never been here would not know that Mitchell house is a family and a loving home and the residents who live here see it as there home. They enjoy living here and there family's know that. This is a very very sad days for our residents and family's and staff and people writing derogatory comments about the home shutting should not bother. This is people's lives not about money. However if the borough had put money into the home as someone else put when it was out of their hands then the building would still be fine and everyone would still have homes, jobs etc instead of worry stress. This is detrimental to the residents health this move could see a massive decline in the residents health or worse still could kill them!!!
One person in a company does not make every care worker an abuser!!! Carers are real people who CARE for people. We love and look after our residents!! And people who don't know or have never been here would not know that Mitchell house is a family and a loving home and the residents who live here see it as there home. They enjoy living here and there family's know that. This is a very very sad days for our residents and family's and staff and people writing derogatory comments about the home shutting should not bother. This is people's lives not about money. However if the borough had put money into the home as someone else put when it was out of their hands then the building would still be fine and everyone would still have homes, jobs etc instead of worry stress. This is detrimental to the residents health this move could see a massive decline in the residents health or worse still could kill them!!! Supporting care workers
  • Score: 30

11:25am Fri 25 Apr 14

Marcus James says...

Supporting care workers wrote:
One person in a company does not make every care worker an abuser!!! Carers are real people who CARE for people. We love and look after our residents!! And people who don't know or have never been here would not know that Mitchell house is a family and a loving home and the residents who live here see it as there home. They enjoy living here and there family's know that. This is a very very sad days for our residents and family's and staff and people writing derogatory comments about the home shutting should not bother. This is people's lives not about money. However if the borough had put money into the home as someone else put when it was out of their hands then the building would still be fine and everyone would still have homes, jobs etc instead of worry stress. This is detrimental to the residents health this move could see a massive decline in the residents health or worse still could kill them!!!
I think you need to read the article and the comments
No one has criticised Mitchell House, the comments are aimed at the Corporate Machine that is Care UK, where profits and shareholders come before people and staff
You are very right however, if the Borough of Poole had invested as they should have done then Mitchell House would still be viable
[quote][p][bold]Supporting care workers[/bold] wrote: One person in a company does not make every care worker an abuser!!! Carers are real people who CARE for people. We love and look after our residents!! And people who don't know or have never been here would not know that Mitchell house is a family and a loving home and the residents who live here see it as there home. They enjoy living here and there family's know that. This is a very very sad days for our residents and family's and staff and people writing derogatory comments about the home shutting should not bother. This is people's lives not about money. However if the borough had put money into the home as someone else put when it was out of their hands then the building would still be fine and everyone would still have homes, jobs etc instead of worry stress. This is detrimental to the residents health this move could see a massive decline in the residents health or worse still could kill them!!![/p][/quote]I think you need to read the article and the comments No one has criticised Mitchell House, the comments are aimed at the Corporate Machine that is Care UK, where profits and shareholders come before people and staff You are very right however, if the Borough of Poole had invested as they should have done then Mitchell House would still be viable Marcus James
  • Score: 18

11:49am Fri 25 Apr 14

madras says...

All well and good, possibly, from a financial perspective - but particularly with dementia sufferers the impact of changing venue can be massive
All well and good, possibly, from a financial perspective - but particularly with dementia sufferers the impact of changing venue can be massive madras
  • Score: 11

12:16pm Fri 25 Apr 14

sea poole says...

Cllr Rampton -your eulogy is only surpassed by your hypocrisy. You are attempting to be portrayed as a caring politician, but fail miserably on every count
Cllr Rampton -your eulogy is only surpassed by your hypocrisy. You are attempting to be portrayed as a caring politician, but fail miserably on every count sea poole
  • Score: 13

12:38pm Fri 25 Apr 14

dorsetspeed says...

speedy231278 wrote:
It's funny how the local councils keep closing facilities left, right and centre to 'save' money, yet can always find massively expensive projects to waste it on like the Twin Fails Bodge, Surf Reef, CPO on Exeter Road, beautifying Horseshoe Common to increase the value of the new development, and other stuff that benefits no-one in particular. Isn't it about time they got their priorities straight?
Absolutely right. Another example is the closure of school bus services as they are withdrawing the subsidy, resulting in increased car use / pollution / congestion / danger etc. while they are happy to spend £millions on unused cycle lanes / unnecessary traffic lights etc. which results in further pollution / congestion / danger etc.

But no one will remember you for leaving a bus subsidy running, but how wonderful it must be to have a load of green paint on a road which you helped to create!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: It's funny how the local councils keep closing facilities left, right and centre to 'save' money, yet can always find massively expensive projects to waste it on like the Twin Fails Bodge, Surf Reef, CPO on Exeter Road, beautifying Horseshoe Common to increase the value of the new development, and other stuff that benefits no-one in particular. Isn't it about time they got their priorities straight?[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. Another example is the closure of school bus services as they are withdrawing the subsidy, resulting in increased car use / pollution / congestion / danger etc. while they are happy to spend £millions on unused cycle lanes / unnecessary traffic lights etc. which results in further pollution / congestion / danger etc. But no one will remember you for leaving a bus subsidy running, but how wonderful it must be to have a load of green paint on a road which you helped to create! dorsetspeed
  • Score: 6

12:55pm Fri 25 Apr 14

pintsize says...

This decision is short sighted and counter productive on so many levels.

Not only will the closure of a specialist dementia home be detrimental to the residents and staff at this unit - it will also place increased pressure on beds at an already over stretched Poole Hospital.

Many elderly patients are 'placed' at Mitchell House following inpatient stays at PGH - and this further reduction in dementia services will only serve to increase the 'bed blocking' situation and consequently more operations will need to be cancelled.

This mean and descriminate decision should be opposed by everybody in Poole - as it effects everybody in Poole. This council has its priorities all wrong. This is shameful.
This decision is short sighted and counter productive on so many levels. Not only will the closure of a specialist dementia home be detrimental to the residents and staff at this unit - it will also place increased pressure on beds at an already over stretched Poole Hospital. Many elderly patients are 'placed' at Mitchell House following inpatient stays at PGH - and this further reduction in dementia services will only serve to increase the 'bed blocking' situation and consequently more operations will need to be cancelled. This mean and descriminate decision should be opposed by everybody in Poole - as it effects everybody in Poole. This council has its priorities all wrong. This is shameful. pintsize
  • Score: 14

1:52pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Speedygonztotortoise says...

Hmnn, I think we will see quite a few commenters on here disappear when they close that home down.
I'm surprised there are not more 'This is an Outrage!!' posts to be perfectly honest.
Yes, yes, this comment will be deleted, I know. Ho hum :-(
Hmnn, I think we will see quite a few commenters on here disappear when they close that home down. I'm surprised there are not more 'This is an Outrage!!' posts to be perfectly honest. Yes, yes, this comment will be deleted, I know. Ho hum :-( Speedygonztotortoise
  • Score: -7

2:22pm Fri 25 Apr 14

60plus says...

I have nursed many of the residents of Mitchell house they are so happy and well cared for,the staff are really great and caring.Poole council are making a great mistake,they most probably sell the land for development they should remember their is a election coming up,I for one won't be voting for them they worst council in many a year.
I have nursed many of the residents of Mitchell house they are so happy and well cared for,the staff are really great and caring.Poole council are making a great mistake,they most probably sell the land for development they should remember their is a election coming up,I for one won't be voting for them they worst council in many a year. 60plus
  • Score: 5

2:23pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Flippajh says...

How sad, Mitchell house was a lovely place when my Nan was there.
How sad, Mitchell house was a lovely place when my Nan was there. Flippajh
  • Score: 7

2:46pm Fri 25 Apr 14

EGHH says...

If they sack some of the useless executives that Poole council employ that would make enough savings not to close this care home.
If they sack some of the useless executives that Poole council employ that would make enough savings not to close this care home. EGHH
  • Score: 10

3:06pm Fri 25 Apr 14

bella99 says...

The only major repair mitchell house needed was the windows replacing. So thats now 80 staff joining the dole queue. How is that saving money? The building was under 40 years old. Had a lovely secure garden the residents were freely able to walk in. Now they are to be put in a home with 3 floors, one a dementia level, one a nursing care level and another a residential level. Not all will be able to access the gardens freely. Moving frail, elderly people can cause a massive impact on their health, often resulting in depression, refusal to eat or drink and they just give up on life. Not to mention the registered blind residents who now have to make the transition to a new home and get used to their surroundings. Its all about money. I bet these council members who voted for the closure don't have parents living at mitchell house.
The only major repair mitchell house needed was the windows replacing. So thats now 80 staff joining the dole queue. How is that saving money? The building was under 40 years old. Had a lovely secure garden the residents were freely able to walk in. Now they are to be put in a home with 3 floors, one a dementia level, one a nursing care level and another a residential level. Not all will be able to access the gardens freely. Moving frail, elderly people can cause a massive impact on their health, often resulting in depression, refusal to eat or drink and they just give up on life. Not to mention the registered blind residents who now have to make the transition to a new home and get used to their surroundings. Its all about money. I bet these council members who voted for the closure don't have parents living at mitchell house. bella99
  • Score: 18

3:46pm Fri 25 Apr 14

dorsetred says...

Marcus James.
Hang on we have a Councillor who is a CABINET PORTFOLIO HOLDER over seeing this debacle, how many more titles must they bestow on themselfs,to convince you the future is in safe hands,think Rem-ploy and their constant kicking
of the disabled and disadvantaged.
Marcus James. Hang on we have a Councillor who is a CABINET PORTFOLIO HOLDER over seeing this debacle, how many more titles must they bestow on themselfs,to convince you the future is in safe hands,think Rem-ploy and their constant kicking of the disabled and disadvantaged. dorsetred
  • Score: 6

3:50pm Fri 25 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

Well the council does need to make these savings, they need to buy 134,000 new bins because the current ones are the wrong colour!
Well the council does need to make these savings, they need to buy 134,000 new bins because the current ones are the wrong colour! BarrHumbug
  • Score: 9

4:30pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Rhea Doherty says...

Clearly nobody making these decisions has a close family member who suffers with dementia.

My mother has dementia and we privately fund care at Garland Road Day Centre as Poole Borough Council Adult Social Services refused to provide funding for my mum to attend - all has now become clear as to why! Garland Road is an amazing facility with staff who REALLY CARE. My mum makes cards, flower displays, has entertainment from people singing, has her nails painted by the staff and even had a Barn Owl come to visit her! It's a lovely place and I'm gutted that this can be allowed to happen.

As for 14 clients attending - this may be for the social-services funded clients but there are many more privately funded clients who attend. It will be a sad day when it closes - a loss for all of the clients and for the town as a whole.

This council are crippling services for those with dementia in Poole - I know for a fact that Poole Borough Council has received a government grant in order to make Poole a more dementia-friendly place. Not sure where the money from the grant has gone but its obviously not to the people who most need it!
Clearly nobody making these decisions has a close family member who suffers with dementia. My mother has dementia and we privately fund care at Garland Road Day Centre as Poole Borough Council Adult Social Services refused to provide funding for my mum to attend - all has now become clear as to why! Garland Road is an amazing facility with staff who REALLY CARE. My mum makes cards, flower displays, has entertainment from people singing, has her nails painted by the staff and even had a Barn Owl come to visit her! It's a lovely place and I'm gutted that this can be allowed to happen. As for 14 clients attending - this may be for the social-services funded clients but there are many more privately funded clients who attend. It will be a sad day when it closes - a loss for all of the clients and for the town as a whole. This council are crippling services for those with dementia in Poole - I know for a fact that Poole Borough Council has received a government grant in order to make Poole a more dementia-friendly place. Not sure where the money from the grant has gone but its obviously not to the people who most need it! Rhea Doherty
  • Score: 13

4:47pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Gordon Cann says...

On the face of it this s a cruel and heartless decision , at best I would like to see Councillor Rampton reply to the comment of bella 99

For these heartbreaking comments to go by unanswered is a sad reflection on the people of Poole - all of them- as it is being done in their name.
On the face of it this s a cruel and heartless decision , at best I would like to see Councillor Rampton reply to the comment of bella 99 For these heartbreaking comments to go by unanswered is a sad reflection on the people of Poole - all of them- as it is being done in their name. Gordon Cann
  • Score: 7

4:53pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Secretsal says...

When u read all the articles on Mitchell house closing all u really see if how money they are going to save, not really a care for the residents, families or staff members!!! The borough have wanted the land back for years but couldn't as care uk were contracted until 2021. The only reason care uk are selling out now is due to the potteries not making as much money as they thought they would and need bed spaces filled. To say mitchell house is inhabitable for residents is a lie as that home has been in that state for years and due to care uk and borough fighting over who should pay maintanence they have let it get to this stage!!! Mitchell house was never a priority for care uk, there plush new home was. If mitchell house were a priority they would of given them the money they used on a cinema room in the potteries and have it to mitchell house for basic repairs , and the borough couldn't care less as all they want is there land to rebuild!!! The staff at Mitchell house have not been offered any transfer option , they have basically been advised if you want a job at potteries or anywhere else apply like everyone else would have to. No negotiations have taken place, no HR from the borough ha seen to the building and represented their side and no Representative from either care uk or the borough of poole are there to discuss matters with family members considering letters were sent out to them today advising. They have to wait till Monday to have a meeting and in the meantime staff members have to deal with the family members and the uproar it has all caused for very one involved!!! Staff members would of been willing to renegotiate contract changes, and freeze pay increases even take a pay cut to keep mitchell house open but no one really cares to discuss. The hierarchy have there little meetings, discover its not making money, decide its doesn't benefit them, choose to shut it down as can make more money with the land doing something else, read out a statement to everyone saying sorry see you later thanks or everything then disappear leaving everyone wondering and dealing with the flak and upset of all involved. No supports ad no care. The poor residents are going to suffer the most and I dread to think how downhill upset confused and distressed they will become. If hierarchy cared about the residents and staff at all they would never of allowed the home to become inhabitable in the 1st place!!!!!
When u read all the articles on Mitchell house closing all u really see if how money they are going to save, not really a care for the residents, families or staff members!!! The borough have wanted the land back for years but couldn't as care uk were contracted until 2021. The only reason care uk are selling out now is due to the potteries not making as much money as they thought they would and need bed spaces filled. To say mitchell house is inhabitable for residents is a lie as that home has been in that state for years and due to care uk and borough fighting over who should pay maintanence they have let it get to this stage!!! Mitchell house was never a priority for care uk, there plush new home was. If mitchell house were a priority they would of given them the money they used on a cinema room in the potteries and have it to mitchell house for basic repairs , and the borough couldn't care less as all they want is there land to rebuild!!! The staff at Mitchell house have not been offered any transfer option , they have basically been advised if you want a job at potteries or anywhere else apply like everyone else would have to. No negotiations have taken place, no HR from the borough ha seen to the building and represented their side and no Representative from either care uk or the borough of poole are there to discuss matters with family members considering letters were sent out to them today advising. They have to wait till Monday to have a meeting and in the meantime staff members have to deal with the family members and the uproar it has all caused for very one involved!!! Staff members would of been willing to renegotiate contract changes, and freeze pay increases even take a pay cut to keep mitchell house open but no one really cares to discuss. The hierarchy have there little meetings, discover its not making money, decide its doesn't benefit them, choose to shut it down as can make more money with the land doing something else, read out a statement to everyone saying sorry see you later thanks or everything then disappear leaving everyone wondering and dealing with the flak and upset of all involved. No supports ad no care. The poor residents are going to suffer the most and I dread to think how downhill upset confused and distressed they will become. If hierarchy cared about the residents and staff at all they would never of allowed the home to become inhabitable in the 1st place!!!!! Secretsal
  • Score: 20

4:54pm Fri 25 Apr 14

60plus says...

Perhaps if the council had looked after the site in the first place it would not be in the condition it is in,another balls up by Poole council.
Perhaps if the council had looked after the site in the first place it would not be in the condition it is in,another balls up by Poole council. 60plus
  • Score: 9

4:56pm Fri 25 Apr 14

hinjowarwi says...

As a care support worker working in the Poole area these day centres and homes are a god send to a vast majority of people me and my fellow colleagues are trying to support.

I have visited Garland Rd and have witnessed a great many more people than 14 receiving excellent support and care there.

With the government and allegedly local government being given money specifically to aid and promote dementia awareness I fail to see how closing these facilities can be classed as aiding sufferers or promoting a caring environment.

I am disgusted!!
As a care support worker working in the Poole area these day centres and homes are a god send to a vast majority of people me and my fellow colleagues are trying to support. I have visited Garland Rd and have witnessed a great many more people than 14 receiving excellent support and care there. With the government and allegedly local government being given money specifically to aid and promote dementia awareness I fail to see how closing these facilities can be classed as aiding sufferers or promoting a caring environment. I am disgusted!! hinjowarwi
  • Score: 8

5:39pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Ralph Ellington says...

I was saddened to hear of the planned closure of Mitchell House residential home for people with dementia along with Garland Road Day Centre. Apparently Poole Council hope to save £750,000 by this move which will hit some very vulnerable people.

Also in the news today we learn that RBS, the bank 81% owned by the Government, plan to give its new boss, Ross McEwan, an extra £1m a year in "allowances" – effectively doubling his salary. RBS has also admitted that 75 of its top staff were paid £1m or more last year.

Across the country Mitchell House is not the only home threatened with closure and RBS is not the only bank paying obscene levels of bonus. It does not seem to be a question of shortage of money but rather where, as a society, we set our priorities.
I was saddened to hear of the planned closure of Mitchell House residential home for people with dementia along with Garland Road Day Centre. Apparently Poole Council hope to save £750,000 by this move which will hit some very vulnerable people. Also in the news today we learn that RBS, the bank 81% owned by the Government, plan to give its new boss, Ross McEwan, an extra £1m a year in "allowances" – effectively doubling his salary. RBS has also admitted that 75 of its top staff were paid £1m or more last year. Across the country Mitchell House is not the only home threatened with closure and RBS is not the only bank paying obscene levels of bonus. It does not seem to be a question of shortage of money but rather where, as a society, we set our priorities. Ralph Ellington
  • Score: 10

6:17pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

Patients are the losers.

Bridgeport Capital is the winner.

Torys + For Profit Venture Capitalists = The State of Poole's Care System.

I have nothing against the private sector as long as it is ring fenced from politicians. Period.
Patients are the losers. Bridgeport Capital is the winner. Torys + For Profit Venture Capitalists = The State of Poole's Care System. I have nothing against the private sector as long as it is ring fenced from politicians. Period. Yankee1
  • Score: 4

6:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

skydriver says...

It would be better to close the council offices that should save a few million a year., Don't cut important services.
It would be better to close the council offices that should save a few million a year., Don't cut important services. skydriver
  • Score: 6

8:14pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Lisa Vine says...

My mother attends Garland Road Day Centre and absolutely loves it there. It was recommended to us by Haymoor Day Hospital (part of Alderney Hospital) as they observed that my Mother specifically needed to be in a smaller group of people with more one to one care, as she gets very nervous in larger crowds. Sending her to Poole Day Centre is going to turn her world upside down. The people at Garland Road are so friendly and have done wonders for her confidence. This decision has clearly not been made with the patients in mind as I know it's going to send my mother three steps backwards. Very sad and disappointed to receive this news today.
My mother attends Garland Road Day Centre and absolutely loves it there. It was recommended to us by Haymoor Day Hospital (part of Alderney Hospital) as they observed that my Mother specifically needed to be in a smaller group of people with more one to one care, as she gets very nervous in larger crowds. Sending her to Poole Day Centre is going to turn her world upside down. The people at Garland Road are so friendly and have done wonders for her confidence. This decision has clearly not been made with the patients in mind as I know it's going to send my mother three steps backwards. Very sad and disappointed to receive this news today. Lisa Vine
  • Score: 13

8:47pm Fri 25 Apr 14

apm1954 says...

it has nothing to do with the ageing building it is the council , out to make more cuts, they should be ashamed of themselves , i was ward councillor on canford heath for eleven years and always thought what a wonderful job the staff done at mitchell house.( any thoughts from the ward councillors )
it has nothing to do with the ageing building it is the council , out to make more cuts, they should be ashamed of themselves , i was ward councillor on canford heath for eleven years and always thought what a wonderful job the staff done at mitchell house.( any thoughts from the ward councillors ) apm1954
  • Score: 4

9:05pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Baysider says...

Voted Tory last time around? You're getting what you voted for so get used to it or do something about it next time Robert Syms, Tobias et al want your vote.

Austerity is NOT just some meaningless phrase, it effects people around the UK like this every single day!
Voted Tory last time around? You're getting what you voted for so get used to it or do something about it next time Robert Syms, Tobias et al want your vote. Austerity is NOT just some meaningless phrase, it effects people around the UK like this every single day! Baysider
  • Score: 6

9:18pm Fri 25 Apr 14

wayneofafcb says...

Possibly the most disgusting decision ever made by Poole Council. This is about vulnerable peoples lives. Not saving £100,000 a year, if indeed the savings happen at all. All these schemes promise savings by letting the private sector take control. It doesn't happen. It costs more in the long round. Bournemouth Council outsourcing anyone??
I found the Portfolio Holder stating that residents would be consulted amazing. So, dementia patients will be able to say, ok, yes, we will uproot to save you a few bob a year, no problem. Has she any idea about dementia?? Have the Council any idea the distress this will cause??
We need more dementia spaces, an extra home, not closing one and building another. This saves the town about a pound per council tax payer. They can have my pound and keep the home open. Vote them out!
Possibly the most disgusting decision ever made by Poole Council. This is about vulnerable peoples lives. Not saving £100,000 a year, if indeed the savings happen at all. All these schemes promise savings by letting the private sector take control. It doesn't happen. It costs more in the long round. Bournemouth Council outsourcing anyone?? I found the Portfolio Holder stating that residents would be consulted amazing. So, dementia patients will be able to say, ok, yes, we will uproot to save you a few bob a year, no problem. Has she any idea about dementia?? Have the Council any idea the distress this will cause?? We need more dementia spaces, an extra home, not closing one and building another. This saves the town about a pound per council tax payer. They can have my pound and keep the home open. Vote them out! wayneofafcb
  • Score: 10

11:13pm Fri 25 Apr 14

bella99 says...

Interesting that I have just found out poole borough council were given a large amount of funding this year to improve health and social care in poole. Where has that money gone? And the residents at mitchell house....Where will they go??? The new care uk home can't take them all.
Interesting that I have just found out poole borough council were given a large amount of funding this year to improve health and social care in poole. Where has that money gone? And the residents at mitchell house....Where will they go??? The new care uk home can't take them all. bella99
  • Score: 0

7:23am Sat 26 Apr 14

P28 says...

It all sounds pretty fishy to me. To save £750,000 by closing down means the residents will have to move elsewhere, no doubt to a more expensive home. This will in the long run cost the council more. It would seem that Care UK see the potential profit that can be made by moving residents to their new home, the Potteries, for which Poole Council will have to pay for at a weekly fee at over £1,000 per week per resident. In the long run it will cost the council more so seems like there is some cosy arrangement between Care UK and the Council to the detriment of all the residents at Mitchell House and ultimately the council tax payers as they are paying for it.
It all sounds pretty fishy to me. To save £750,000 by closing down means the residents will have to move elsewhere, no doubt to a more expensive home. This will in the long run cost the council more. It would seem that Care UK see the potential profit that can be made by moving residents to their new home, the Potteries, for which Poole Council will have to pay for at a weekly fee at over £1,000 per week per resident. In the long run it will cost the council more so seems like there is some cosy arrangement between Care UK and the Council to the detriment of all the residents at Mitchell House and ultimately the council tax payers as they are paying for it. P28
  • Score: 6

8:53am Sat 26 Apr 14

Benji61 says...

Very sad day. I hope all of those at the borough are proud of themselves. how you can vote to say that a build is not fit for purpose without seeing it is beyond me. it is not the environment that is the most important, but the care they receive. if the council had looked after the building in the first place before off loading it to Care UK, that might of helped! if things had been done instead of arguing about trees and lampposts that might also have helped! but no, lets shut it!!
Mitchell House is not just a care home. it is the residents' home. they have friends and are a little community.
no, the staff have not been offered a transfer to the Potteries, the only word mentioned regarding jobs was Redundancy. the staff have now been stitched over twice by their council.
my main fear is for the health and well being for these vulnerable adults. what detrimental effect will it have on them to a different environment?
I hope all you councillors can sleep at night and the relatives and staff are probably finding it a lot more difficult than you.
Very sad day. I hope all of those at the borough are proud of themselves. how you can vote to say that a build is not fit for purpose without seeing it is beyond me. it is not the environment that is the most important, but the care they receive. if the council had looked after the building in the first place before off loading it to Care UK, that might of helped! if things had been done instead of arguing about trees and lampposts that might also have helped! but no, lets shut it!! Mitchell House is not just a care home. it is the residents' home. they have friends and are a little community. no, the staff have not been offered a transfer to the Potteries, the only word mentioned regarding jobs was Redundancy. the staff have now been stitched over twice by their council. my main fear is for the health and well being for these vulnerable adults. what detrimental effect will it have on them to a different environment? I hope all you councillors can sleep at night and the relatives and staff are probably finding it a lot more difficult than you. Benji61
  • Score: 8

8:44pm Sat 26 Apr 14

guisselle says...

Mt aunt got moved to a home in the middle of Somerset far away from her
son and she was traumatised as she missed her friends at her old home
although the one she is in is lovely.She is 87 and h\s Altzeimers.
Mt aunt got moved to a home in the middle of Somerset far away from her son and she was traumatised as she missed her friends at her old home although the one she is in is lovely.She is 87 and h\s Altzeimers. guisselle
  • Score: -1

11:01am Sun 27 Apr 14

pooleboy1 says...

https://www.change.o
rg/en-GB/petitions/p
oole-borough-council
-save-mitchell-house
-from-closure#share
https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/p oole-borough-council -save-mitchell-house -from-closure#share pooleboy1
  • Score: 1

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