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Chance to have your say on future of care home

Adult social care and wellbeing

04 July 2023

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People are invited to have their say on possible options for the future of a care home in Brixworth.

Boniface House is a residential care home owned and operated by West Northamptonshire Council. Over recent years, the care home has been significantly under-occupied with currently 14 residents, as its design and facilities are not suitable to meet the needs of people who require residential care and support in later life.

Designed and built more than 40 years ago, the home does not offer the ensuite facilities that are required today, and there is reduced accessibility for wheelchairs and hoists, impacting the levels of privacy and care that can be provided to residents.

Like care settings across the country, the Council has also experienced challenges recruiting new staff, and the home has a number of long-standing vacancies.

The Council recognises that Boniface is a home to its residents and any potential change or need to move may be upsetting or worrying for them and their families/relatives. However, the building condition and age means the future of the care home needs to start being thought about now, and it is really important that families and residents are involved in this, to plan correctly and ensure any upheaval and concerns are minimised as much as possible. As a result, the Council are encouraging people to have their say on three future options for the 46-room home:

  1. Make no change to the facilities. This would result in the facilities going into decline, while significant ongoing investment would be required to maintain the building to safe standard.
  2. To remodel the home. This would allow the Council to upgrade the home’s facilities and meet the needs of those with complex needs, but would cost a significant amount of money and time to complete, requiring the temporary relocation of residents, and a reduction in the amount of rooms offered.
  3. Find alternative care arrangements and start a safe closure programme. Under this option, the Council would work with residents and their families to identify alternative care arrangements, resettling them with friendship groups where possible to ensure continuity of care, and redeploying staff to other Council-operated care homes.

People can find out more information on the options and have their say by visiting the Council’s Consultation Hub. Alternatively, people can share their views by emailing [email protected] or in writing via the details on the link.

The deadline for comments is Sunday 30 July 2023.

It is a priority for our council to ensure the best possible care is provided to the people that need it, in the right environment, providing assurance to those who use our services and their relatives. This review forms part of our commitment to ensuring the best standard of care is provided and meets the needs of residents using our services now and in the future.  

I understand the concern that residents of the home and their families/relatives may have, therefore I would strongly encourage them to share their feedback on the proposed options, or to share alternative suggestions they may have. It is important we hear these views so we can make informed decisions that meet the needs of the Care Homes residents, as well as future residents who may need to access this type of care and support.
Cllr Matt Golby, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health at West Northamptonshire Council
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