Care home ‘saved’ after council delays decision

A FINAL decision on the future of Angel Court care home in Hadleigh will now be made next year – but it will not close, it has been confirmed.

The Suffolk County Council-owned home in Angel Street, which houses 29 mainly older residents with dementia, is one of 16 care homes that the council is looking to stop running directly to save money.

County councillor Colin Noble, portfolio holder for adult and community services, said: “One of the options we were looking at was closing all care homes. I’m pleased to say we’re not going forward with that option.

“We remain committed to providing high-quality care for the most vulnerable people in our communities – and want to work with colleagues in the independent sector who are equality committed to ensuring high-quality care continues.”

The business consultancy KPMG was asked to review the care homes as part of a three-month consultation, and the county council says it will now talk to the organisations, businesses and even its own staff interested in running the homes.

It says it will assess each bid to ensure new plans “provide stability and quality of service” and say this will eventually lead to savings of £4million per year.