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Have your say on proposed changes to residential care and short breaks (respite care) for people for with learning disabilities in Leicestershire


Leicestershire County Council (LCC) want to hear your views on proposed changes to residential care and short breaks (respite care) for people with learning disabilities in Leicestershire.


The proposals relate to Hamilton Court Residential Home in Coalville, The Trees Residential Home (Ashwood and Beechwood) in Hinckley, and Smith Crescent Short Breaks Service in Coalville. These facilities are dated and their layouts are not particularly accessible for people with physical disabilities. This has affected the number of people able to use the services and presents challenges to delivering sustainable services in the longer term. The overall demand for residential care is reducing as more people are supported to live independently and the Council wishes to expand its short break accommodation, which is not readily found in the independent sector.

It is proposed to:

  • Close Hamilton Court in Coalville and The Trees (Ashwood and Beechwood) in Hinckley, supporting the 11 residents to access suitable alternative accommodation and services.
  • Expand the short break facilities at The Trees in Hinckley through closure, reconfiguration and refurbishment of the long term residential services.
  • Close the 6-bedded short breaks (respite) service at Smith Crescent in Coalville, supporting the 23 people who use this to use facilities elsewhere in the County.

LCC are holding dedicated workshop sessions for people directly affected by the proposals, including staff employed at the services and relatives.

The consultation is available at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/residential_care_and_short_breaks

The consultation runs from 19 February 2018 until midnight on 15 April 2018.