Fear for elderly as 24-hour care cover withdrawn Financial pressures cited as council decides not to renew sheltered housing’s round-the-clock service
A SHELTERED housing scheme for elderly people in Sunbury will no longer provide 24-hour care due to the ‘huge financial pressures’ on Surrey’s adult social care services.
Beechwood Court, in Churchill Way, currently offers an ‘extra care scheme’ 24 hour a day, seven days a week, for ‘older people who are frail and vulnerable and might otherwise be living in residential care’.
The housing has an onsite team that provides packages of care to individual needs as identified
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through the care planning process.
But the elderly residents have been told the service will no longer be provided when it comes to an end on Thursday June 30.
The situation has left some of the residents feeling unsafe, according to a friend of someone who lives at Beechwood Court.
“There’s not going to be anyone on site,” she said.
“I feel it will be an added cost to the emergency services because there won’t be carers there 24 hours a day.
“[Having carers there] gives a feeling of safety and that’s being taken away from them.
“It’s there in case something happens.
“Because of their ages it’s difficult to move them elsewhere. The carers there at the moment are really good at their jobs.
“A lot of the residents are worried that there won’t be anyone there at night.”
Care is currently provided by Cherchefelle, and this will continue for patients who choose to stay with them for visits, depending on their care packages, just not on a 24-hour basis.
Meetings have been held with residents and representatives from Surrey County Council and A2Dominion, which manages the property, over the last month to discuss the future of care at the home.
A spokesman for Surrey County Council said: “We have decided not to renew the contract with the current care provider with the huge financial pressures we are facing due to increasing demand for our services, including adult social care.
“However, all those that require emergency care will still continue to receive this and we will work closely with the tenants and their families to support them while these changes take place, to ensure they are fully consulted and comfortable with the new arrangements.”
Pam Vasir, group director of supported housing at A2Dominion, which manages the property, added they had been in ‘close communication’ with the care commissioners at Surrey County Council over the changes to the provision of care at Beechwood Court.
“We are committed to providing the best level of support and care to our residents and will continue to work with the council to provide the best service we can for the residents at our homes,” she said.
“Our staff will be ensuring that any residents or family members affected are supported and listened to throughout the consultation.”
Beechwood Court, pictured after a fire there last year.