Skeagh House and Crozier House at risk of closure

THE future of the district’s two statutory residential homes is at risk after the Southern Health and Social Care Trust Board announced that it will be starting a consultation with a view to closing Skeagh House and Crozier House.

The Trust has decided to cease permanent admissions to all five statutory residential homes in its area.

This is in advance of a detailed consultation process on the future provision of residential care in the area.

The decision was taken at the March Trust Board meeting, following the Minister’s decision to reduce statutory residential care, and will not affect the large number of people the Trust has placed in private residential care and nursing home care. Currently, the Southern Trust has 262 clients in independent residential homes, 1,351 clients in Private Nursing Homes, and less than 80 clients in the Trust’s five statutory residential homes.

The affected homes are Crozier House in Banbridge; Skeagh House in Dromore; Slieve Roe in Kilkeel; Cloughreagh House in Bessbrook; and Roxborough House in Moy.

The Trust say that the decision will not affect respite care or day care currently provided in these homes.

The detailed consultation on proposals to close the five residential homes will start in June.

“We are committed to treating each resident as an individual and working with them and their families and carers to ensure their needs are met through any change to the home in which they currently live,” said Angela McVeigh, the Trust’s Director of Older People and Primary Care.

The Trust says that under proposals contained in ‘Transforming Your Care’ and endorsed by the Health Minister in March, the priority of health and social care will be about enabling choice, independence and care within the local community.

Mrs McVeigh added, “There will be focus on helping people remain at home for as long as possible, and offering more choice and control about the type of care available.

“The Trust has already introduced a range of new enhanced services which support people at home for instance, reablement, access to rapid access clinics for older people and better use of technology such as telemonitoring and telecare all of which help to support people at home for longer.”

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