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Questions raised over proposals to close West Norfolk care home amid claims money recently spent on decorating

Questions have been raised over proposals to close a West Norfolk care home after it was revealed that money has recently been spent on redecoration.

It comes after Norfolk County Council launched an eight-week consultation on the future of Burman House in Terrington St John, run by NorseCare, last month.

Norfolk County Council headquarters (3027764)
Norfolk County Council headquarters (3027764)

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss said: “In the last few months money has been spent on decorating the property, with new flooring – it seems odd to have this expenditure and then propose to close the property.”

While NorseCare, which is owned by Norfolk County Council, have admitted spending money on maintaining the property, they declined to specify how much.

Karen Knight, NorseCare’s managing director, said: “It is correct to say that money has been spent on maintaining Burman House.

“All NorseCare homes are constantly kept to a standard where our residents live comfortably and have a nice, homely environment.

“We are also regulated by CQC and it is important that our homes are kept to an appropriate level for inspections.

“No decision has been made to close Burman House and we are consulting with people for their views.”

According to consultation briefing documents, NorseCare reviewed the costs of its 18 residential care homes for older people, and worked out the average cost of caring for a person for a week in each.

It adds it is proposing to close Burman House “because the low occupancy makes the home more expensive than other NorseCare homes providing similar care to older people”.

But Ms Truss claimed 90 per cent of the home’s rooms are occupied and a projected 36 per cent jump in the borough’s elderly population over the next decade meant there would be even more demand.

The public consultation on Burman House is open until November 20. To have your say, visit https://norfolk.citizenspace.com/consultation/burmanhouse.

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