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Specialist dementia care home Cranleigh Paddock closed temporarily by Hampshire County Council

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A SPECIALIST home for dementia care in Lyndhurst has been temporarily closed by Hampshire County Council.

Residents at Cranleigh Paddock will have to move to alternative sites as a result – with the authority blaming a combination of winter, the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and “intense competition for staff”.

It is thought there were 16 residents at the Calpe Avenue home, which can cater for up to 32 as it is split into four self-contained units for eight.

Cranleigh Paddock is run by Hampshire County Council
Cranleigh Paddock is run by Hampshire County Council

Cranleigh Paddock holds a ‘requires improvement’ rating from watchdog the Care Quality Commission from its last inspection in 2019.

HCC said Cranleigh Paddock would remain closed “at least until the summer [of 2022]”, adding: “Full and detailed discussions are taking place with residents, their families and our staff to ensure transition arrangements are made as smooth as possible.”

In a statement, an HCC spokesperson added: “Winter always poses significant challenge for both health and social care, but never more so than this year with the consequences of the pandemic over the last 18 months, plus intense competition for staff – made worse by a number of factors including the reopening of the hospitality sector.

“It is for these reasons, that the local authority is taking the difficult decision to concentrate its available care workforce around a smaller number of homes for older people, temporarily closing two of these – Cranleigh Paddock in Lyndhurst and Copper Beeches in Andover – and moving residents to an alternative home of their choosing.

Cllr Edward Heron
Cllr Edward Heron

“This includes assigning a member of our highly experienced care team to co-ordinate with each person to understand their wishes and match them to the best alternative accommodation available – this could be at one of our other local authority homes or in the private sector.”

The spokesperson continued: “It is important to emphasise that this does not signal a permanent closure of either of these homes – rather it is in response to immediate and substantial operational pressures and reflects the acute challenges currently facing the care sector nationally.”

Cllr Edward Heron, the county council’s cabinet member for recreation, heritage and rural affairs, said on Facebook that Cranleigh Paddock had only been at around “50% occupancy”.

He added: “The council is also keen to ensure there are no job losses as a result of the temporary change. Staff in the two settings will be offered equivalent roles in nearby council care settings and will be supported through a process of redeployment.”

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