Nottingham care home to close down

Nottingham City Council Loxley House

A residential care home in St Ann’s will close after a decision was taken by Nottingham City Council.

The council says the residential care home for people with learning disabilities was no longer fit for purpose due to the state of the building.

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Oakdene Residential Home, in Woodborough Road, St Ann’s, has 24 long-term beds, but only four were in use, and those people have now been rehomed in other care centres in the city

It also had a facility to provide short breaks for people with learning disabilities and their carers.

This will be closed, but a newly-refurbished bungalow with all the required equipment for people with severe learning disabilities will be built in Clifton.

Councillor Sam Webster is the portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health and represents the Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey ward for Labour.

He said: “Oakdene provided long-term residential care and short breaks for citizens with learning disabilities. Unfortunately, the building will soon be no longer fit for purpose.

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“Those people who were living at the home permanently have all been resettled in supported living accommodation within Nottingham. Short breaks will continue, but these will move to a specially-refurbished bungalow in Clifton next year.

“Short breaks for people with learning disabilities and their families are a positive way of keeping families together and our new offer will enhance this service, allowing people with learning disabilities to experience their short breaks in a comfortable, welcoming facility that is more like a modern family home.”

A report from the council said: “Oakdene care home is fast approaching the latter stages of its economic life and will require significant investment within the next one to two years simply to maintain it in a safe and habitable condition.

“The age, design and construction of the unit does not lend itself to either cost effective refurbishment or modernisation and is furthermore expensive to maintain. Therefore a replacement venue to deliver short breaks is required as soon as reasonably practicable within two years.

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“Short breaks for people with learning disabilities and their families are seen as a vital intervention to keep families together and stop premature long-term residential placements having to be made.

“Premature long-term residential placements not only cause distress to those involved but also cost the council significant amounts of money, ranging from £750 to £3,000 a week.”