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New care homes take a step forward

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Published: 23/03/2012

An external provider is being sought to both build and run the two new care homes in a partnership approach with the council and we are formally seeking expressions of interest from organisations. We have already provided hundreds of ExtraCare apartments throughout the district in Downend, Filton, Kingswood and Yate using a similar approach.

These new care homes and extra care apartments are a key part of South Gloucestershire Council’s programme of transforming services for older people alongside providing more support to help keep people in their own homes for as long as possible – an extra £5.6m of investment in care services is being proposed as part of this year’s council budget.

Each new care home will provide 60-bed accommodation for older people who require nursing or personal care and people with dementia. During an earlier consultation we organised public events to gain views from local people and organisations about what should be included in the two new homes. The feedback from these events helped the council on the initial design and specification of the new homes. Once a partner has been selected, further consultation events will be planned so that further work on the design of the two new homes can be undertaken involving local people and organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society.

Cllr Matthew Riddle, executive member for community care and housing, said: “At the heart of our programme of transforming services for our older residents is a recognition that you cannot provide the highest standards of quality care in the 21st century through ageing mid-20th century facilities and that’s why we are investing in and opening new state-of-the-art premises.

“This is an important milestone in our plans to provide two next generation care homes and is yet more evidence of our determination to provide the very best care for our most vulnerable residents.”

Alongside the provision of new facilities, the council is half way through decommissioning its eight existing and ageing care homes, which no longer meet the highest level of modern care standards.

Four of these homes have now been decommissioned and two of these sites (former Chase care home in Kingswood and Frome House care home in Yate) will be the sites of these two new homes.

Details of current opportunities to tender for council business is available online at

Organisations have until March 2 to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire.

For more information please contact Andrew Birch on 01454 865985 or email

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