Demolition approved for dementia care home as council seeks to save £750k

Demolition approved for dementia care home as council seeks to save £750k

DEMOLISH: Mitchell House Care Home

DIFFICULT DECISION: Cllr Karen Rampton

First published in News by

APPROVAL has been given to demolish an ageing Poole residential care home after the last residents have moved out.

Mitchell House, a 50-bed care home at Canford Heath for people with dementia, is closing this summer after a change in the contract between Borough of Poole and Care UK.

The majority of the 46 residents have been moved to Care UK’s The Potteries care home in Poole. However, 18 residents remain to be relocated.

Borough of Poole owns the freehold of the land and the site is likely to be used for a future “care development”.

An online petition to save Mitchell House was signed by more than 1,700 people but the building was said not to be suitable for the needs of residents with dementia in the future.

A report before cabinet pointed out that it will cost £244,000 to demolish the building now but if it was delayed for 18 months, maintenance and security costs would add another £25,000.

Closure of the home, along with the Garland Road Day Centre, is expected to save the council more than £750,000 over the term of its contract with Care UK to run its dementia services, up to 2021.

Cllr Karen Rampton, cabinet portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “The decision to close Mitchell House was extremely difficult and we have worked hard to ensure the impact on residents is minimised.

She said they were working with remaining residents to help them move to a home of their choice, at their pace.

“Mitchell House will remain open as normal until all residents have been moved successfully,” she said.

“The decision to then demolish the building after the departure of the final residents was unanimously approved by cabinet.

“Early demolition of the building will help reduce the visual impact on neighbouring properties, reduce the possibility of vandalism and clear the site for future development.

“Work is now under way to assess the different options for a new care development on the site,” she added.

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4:10pm Mon 28 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

Affordable housing i suspect, such a shame why couldnt they upgrade the facilities if they were not suitable.
Affordable housing i suspect, such a shame why couldnt they upgrade the facilities if they were not suitable. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 6

5:24pm Mon 28 Jul 14

H2o-hara says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
Affordable housing i suspect, such a shame why couldnt they upgrade the facilities if they were not suitable.
Because it's too easy .
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: Affordable housing i suspect, such a shame why couldnt they upgrade the facilities if they were not suitable.[/p][/quote]Because it's too easy . H2o-hara
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Mon 28 Jul 14

softyfloppy says...

The article does state the site will be used for care of some kind nothing about housing
The article does state the site will be used for care of some kind nothing about housing softyfloppy
  • Score: 1

6:27pm Mon 28 Jul 14

60plus says...

Lovely home staff where brilliant such a shame,but what do you expect from this council.
Lovely home staff where brilliant such a shame,but what do you expect from this council. 60plus
  • Score: 4

6:39pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Carolyn43 says...

"She said they were working with remaining residents to help them move to a home of their choice, AT THEIR PACE. "

So a couple of residents could decide they don't want to move yet - good for them.
"She said they were working with remaining residents to help them move to a home of their choice, AT THEIR PACE. " So a couple of residents could decide they don't want to move yet - good for them. Carolyn43
  • Score: 2

11:35pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Benji61 says...

Carolyn43 wrote:
"She said they were working with remaining residents to help them move to a home of their choice, AT THEIR PACE. "

So a couple of residents could decide they don't want to move yet - good for them.
no resident has been given a choice other than which date before 5th August they would like to move! they also can't work with the residents as they have dementia and do not understand what is going on.
if they are going to build a new care facility are they going to offer the 70+ staff that have been made redundant the first choice of a job there?? I doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]Carolyn43[/bold] wrote: "She said they were working with remaining residents to help them move to a home of their choice, AT THEIR PACE. " So a couple of residents could decide they don't want to move yet - good for them.[/p][/quote]no resident has been given a choice other than which date before 5th August they would like to move! they also can't work with the residents as they have dementia and do not understand what is going on. if they are going to build a new care facility are they going to offer the 70+ staff that have been made redundant the first choice of a job there?? I doubt it. Benji61
  • Score: 2

1:04am Tue 29 Jul 14

RM says...

softyfloppy wrote:
The article does state the site will be used for care of some kind nothing about housing
Probably will be sold to someone in the private care industry who's a 'friend' of some Cllr -the general public are unlikely to benefit in any way.
[quote][p][bold]softyfloppy[/bold] wrote: The article does state the site will be used for care of some kind nothing about housing[/p][/quote]Probably will be sold to someone in the private care industry who's a 'friend' of some Cllr -the general public are unlikely to benefit in any way. RM
  • Score: 5

10:34am Tue 29 Jul 14

xxpurple333 says...

This is just so so unfourtunate, it will sure come back to bite them in the bums in the future. A proper home a family home. This is what happens when these big companies get their claws into things, these companies dont care for people its just money no compassion at all. I was optimistic about a family member moving to new home, and sure i was right to feel just that. One way to describe it is a glorified hotel, staff are overworked and no doubt underpaid, always look so rushed of there feet and not happy.Family member unsettled since day they arrived. Its a known fact carehomes that run on large scale 80beds the quality of care goes down. This comes from the top the careers alway try to give 100% Keep them small and homely. There excuse for getting rid of this building is not fit for purpose. Well if that is the case there is a fair few more care homes they need to be closing. It boils down to this care uk built a brand new home it did not fill up as quickly as they expected 1000per week who has that sort of money? So they done dealings with the council for residents to go over at a reduce cost which then the council will top the remainig of the fee up. Its coruption on both parts. Whats worst family member was happy settled content at mitchell. The move has done them no good they dont need change at this time in there lives, they also keep saying to me when visiting can you take me back to my old home i dont like it here, wot do you say to that? Well on both parts i hope you feel very happy with yourselfs.
This is just so so unfourtunate, it will sure come back to bite them in the bums in the future. A proper home a family home. This is what happens when these big companies get their claws into things, these companies dont care for people its just money no compassion at all. I was optimistic about a family member moving to new home, and sure i was right to feel just that. One way to describe it is a glorified hotel, staff are overworked and no doubt underpaid, always look so rushed of there feet and not happy.Family member unsettled since day they arrived. Its a known fact carehomes that run on large scale 80beds the quality of care goes down. This comes from the top the careers alway try to give 100% Keep them small and homely. There excuse for getting rid of this building is not fit for purpose. Well if that is the case there is a fair few more care homes they need to be closing. It boils down to this care uk built a brand new home it did not fill up as quickly as they expected 1000per week who has that sort of money? So they done dealings with the council for residents to go over at a reduce cost which then the council will top the remainig of the fee up. Its coruption on both parts. Whats worst family member was happy settled content at mitchell. The move has done them no good they dont need change at this time in there lives, they also keep saying to me when visiting can you take me back to my old home i dont like it here, wot do you say to that? Well on both parts i hope you feel very happy with yourselfs. xxpurple333
  • Score: 5

11:19am Tue 29 Jul 14

Rally says...

'APPROVAL has been given to demolish an ageing Poole residential care home after the last residents have moved out.'

Well, they're hardly going to demolish the place BEFORE the last residents have moved out!
Or are they . . .
'APPROVAL has been given to demolish an ageing Poole residential care home after the last residents have moved out.' Well, they're hardly going to demolish the place BEFORE the last residents have moved out! Or are they . . . Rally
  • Score: 0

1:08pm Tue 29 Jul 14

AndreiD says...

So what was wrong with the current building?
To be honest I think this should not be closed down. The last thing the residents want is to be moved in a strange new place.
They are used with this place. The council should have improve it and repair it.
So what was wrong with the current building? To be honest I think this should not be closed down. The last thing the residents want is to be moved in a strange new place. They are used with this place. The council should have improve it and repair it. AndreiD
  • Score: -1

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