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Terrington St John care home at risk

Norse Care and Norfolk County Council are asking for people’s views on the future of Burman House care home for older people, on Mill Road, Terrington St John.

An eight-week consultation on the future of the Norse Care-owned home got under way today, with residents, relatives, staff and others invited to respond by Tuesday, November 20.

Burman House is a 30-bed residential care home.

A statement issued by County Hall claims a review of Norse Care’s residential homes has identified that the cost of providing care at Burman House is high because Burman House has too many bed vacancies and this has grown overheads.

It adds that many of the bedrooms at Burman House are small and this means that it is not possible to use specialist moving and handling equipment in these rooms.

Over the past years the dependency levels of older people requiring, and being eligible for residential care, has increased substantially, and these levels continue to rise.

Consequently, the demand for the small bedrooms has declined which has had a significant impact on the occupancy rates.

Taking this into account, the county council and Norse are considering how they can continue to support residents in Burman House "in a more cost-effective way".

The statement said: "In light of the particularly challenging financial environment and having assessed a range of options, Norse Care and Norfolk County Council are consulting on the future of Burman House.

"If, following the consultation, the proposal to close Burman House went ahead, current residents would be supported by Norse Care and Adult Social Services to remain living in the area close to relatives and friends."

Residents, relatives and staff at Burman House have been informed of the consultation and will all have the chance to discuss this over the coming weeks with managers at the care home and Adult Social Care Staff.

Norse Care and the council said they were keen to reassure everyone that they will support them and listen to their views through the consultation.

The findings of the consultation will be fed back to the Norse Care/Adult Social Care liaison board.Taking the feedback into account, the board will then make a recommendation to the county council.

If Norfolk County Council approves a proposal to close Burman House, Norse Care would put plans in place to ensure that residents and staff are fully supported throughout the process.

Residents would be assessed by Norfolk County Council and offered care and accommodation that meets their needs.

Whatever the outcome, the council has a responsibility to look after all residents and would ensure that everyone is given support.

The consultation can be accessed at https://norfolk.citizenspace.com/consultation/burmanhouse

VE Day Celebrations at Burman House, Terrington St John, with staff, residents, entertainer and guests (4401749)
VE Day Celebrations at Burman House, Terrington St John, with staff, residents, entertainer and guests (4401749)

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