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

Staines Informer - - FRONT PAGE - Char­lotte Tal­bot

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.

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