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Update on Ridgeway House care home

Work to relocate residents of Ridgeway House care home to more comfortable accommodation has been successfully completed this week with the care home officially closing on 11 March 2024.

The move to alternative accommodation means the residents can continue to receive quality care in an environment that will better meet their needs.

All the families of residents have been fully involved in the relocation process and were offered the opportunity to visit homes before final decisions were made. To help ensure a smooth transition for residents and support their families, the Council provided staff and transport for each resident making the journey as comfortable as possible. In addition, much of the equipment previously used at Ridgway House has been donated to a local charity that will support in taking the equipment to Ukraine hospitals.

The announcement regarding the closure of Ridgeway House following public consultation was heavily covered. The decision was made by Cabinet due to the care home being significantly under-occupied. The outdated design of the care home also meant it was no longer able to provide facilities to meet the needs of people who require residential care.

Regarding the future use of the building, the Council is in the process of considering the future use of this building and will provide an update when this decision has been made. To be clear, there is no agreed plan in place for the use of this building.

A thank you to all the staff at Ridgeway, as well as to the residents and their families.

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