Hampshire County Councillors to consider future of respite support centre for people with learning disabilities on Hayling Island

Recommendations on the future of Orchard Close, a respite centre for people with learning disabilities, will be considered by Hampshire County Councillors, at a meeting of the Hampshire Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee (HASC) on Monday, 11 February 2019

Feb 4 2019

The recommendations to be considered by HASC – a cross party scrutiny committee, propose the closure of the service provided from Orchard Close, but to continue providing respite support through individual care arrangements, tailored to personal needs.

The recommendation to close the respite service at Orchard Close is based on a number of factors.  These include: the unsuitability of the building to meet the needs of people with complex care needs; the sufficiency of capacity in other County Council respite services; the availability of alternative support to meet assessed need; and the financial constraints in which the County Council is operating, requiring savings across its services, including learning disability services within adult social care.

The recommendations also take account of the findings of the twelve-week public consultation, and the detailed discussions that have been held with those accessing the service. 

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. We will scrutinise the recommendations made by the adult social care service and the findings of the public consultation before making our recommendations to Councillor Liz Fairhurst, the Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health.”

Final recommendations relating to the future of the service will be considered by Councillor Liz Fairhurst, at her Decision Day on Wednesday, 27 February 2019.
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 provided carers with a break from their caring responsibilities.