“With people choosing different options for respite support, the average occupancy of rooms at Orchard Close is comparatively low. This, coupled with the age of the building which makes it difficult to support people with complex disabilities, means that closure of the property is now being proposed.”
“It is important to stress that no decisions on the future of the building will be taken until full and detailed consultation has taken place with those who use the service, their families and carers. Should closure take place, all those requiring respite care from the County Council, would continue to receive it.”
The consultation will include a number of opportunities for face to face meetings at times that suit those who use the service at Orchard Close, and those who care for them. During these discussions, details of the alternative respite options available will be provided. For people who require residential support, this will include the new state of the art respite service at Locks Heath, near Fareham which is due to open in Spring 2019.
The public consultation opens today, Friday 28 September and closes on Friday 21 December.
Full details of how to take part are available on the County Council’s website www.hants.gov.uk/orchard
Following the consultation, final recommendations on the future of the building will be considered by Councillor Fairhurst at her Decision Day on 27 February, 2019.