Bournemouth care home to be purchased by the Council to meet local need

Posted on Monday 19th November 2018

A 70-bed care home in Bournemouth is set to be purchased by Bournemouth Borough Council if approved by councillors at a Special Cabinet meeting on Friday 23 November 2018.

The Council proposes to purchase the care home as a solution to the lack of affordable care home bed spaces that are currently available in the town.

Councillor Blair Crawford, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We are finding it increasingly difficult to source suitable accommodation and care at an affordable price for people leaving hospital or who need residential care.

“By owning our own care home, we are able to secure a large number of affordable bed places for local people, particularly those with dementia and ensure the home best meets the changing needs of those that require care.”

Bournemouth has seen a rise in the development of larger care homes which has resulted in higher fees that have increased pressure on the Adult Social Care budget.

If given the go ahead the purchase of the home is expected to be completed in Spring 2019.

Once purchased the Council plans to commission Tricuro for 10 years initially, to operate the care home with existing staff transferring across through TUPE arrangements.

The current care home is trading well and has a CQC rating of ‘Good’.

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