Future of Orchard Close respite home in Hayling Island to be considered on 18 November

Hampshire County Councillors will consider recommendations on the future of the respite centre for people with learning disabilities, at a meeting of the Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee (HASC) on Monday, 18 November 2019

Nov 5 2019

This will be the second time the cross party committee reviews recommendations relating to Orchard Close and follows the decision earlier this year by the County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Liz Fairhurst, that further work should be undertaken to explore all possible wider options to closure of the service.

Commenting, Councillor Roger Huxstep, Chairman of the HASC, said: “The role of the HASC is to review proposals relating to changes in the way health and social care services are provided to the people of Hampshire, before they are considered by the relevant County Council Cabinet Member. The recommendations due for consideration will reflect how the Committee has listened very carefully to the feedback it has received during extensive work over the summer - by members of the Committee, parents and carer representatives, staff at the home, as well as officers from the adult social care service.”

Discussions were facilitated by independent representatives of Healthwatch Hampshire – a statutory organisation whose role is to represent the views of local people who use health and social care services and to speak on their behalf, as well Carers Together and Speakeasy Advocacy.

The detailed report to be considered by HASC will be published on the County Council's website on Friday, 8 November.

Following HASC, Councillor Fairhurst will consider proposals on the future of the service at her Decision Day on 3 December.

Orchard Close is a 13-bed respite service, primarily for adults with learning disabilities. It was built in the 1930s. The number and length of stays at Orchard Close typically range from two to three nights once a month, to a week’s break, two to three times a year.

Respite support is provided to individuals who are cared for full time at home by a parent or unpaid carer and is designed to provide carers with a break from their caring responsibilities.