Saturday, 21 October 2017

Closure threat to care home and day centre

A CARE home and day centre in Caversham could be closed under plans to modernise adult social care services.

A CARE home and day centre in Caversham could be closed under plans to modernise adult social care services.

Reading Borough Council has said that the Arthur Clarke Care Home in Albert Road fails to meet modern-day standards while the Albert Road Day Centre is under-used.

The council has launched a 12-week consultation on the future of the home, which has 24 residents.

It says that it would cost at least £1million to upgrade the home, which does not have en-suite facilities so residents share a bathroom.

Some bedrooms are small and the communal parts of the building require “significant” upgrading.

The day centre has a daily average usage of 13, seven less than the capacity. It is based inside a converted house and only the downstairs is used because there is no lift. The council says it would cost £400,000 to bring the facility up to modern standards.

Councillor Mike Orton, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “The council is committed to ensuring that local people have access to high-quality residential and day care that not only meets the needs of today’s service users but is able to meet future challenges.

“We are very well aware that the frail, elderly people who use these services find any change difficult. Following the consultation, and subject to future decisions, we will ensure we do everything we can to manage any change sensitively, taking account of the needs of service users and involving their families.”

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