Consultation on Abbotsbury older persons' home | Central Bedfordshire Council

Consultation on Abbotsbury older persons' home

About our consultation on Abbotsbury older persons' home

What we're consulting on

We want the best possible quality of life for all residents and are committed to developing and improving accommodation with care for older people. We own and operate four care homes which no longer meet the physical standards and expectations of people needing residential care now or in the future.

We've been investigating options and opportunities in the Biggleswade area. The planned opening of Mantles Court on London Road, Biggleswade, along with other good quality care and nursing homes in the area means that we can now consider offering alternative and improved accommodation to residents of Abbotsbury older persons’ home (“Abbotsbury”).

So, we're consulting on the future of Abbotsbury. Having reviewed a number of options for the future of the home, our current preferred option is to offer and arrange accommodation for the existing residents in good quality alternative care homes and then close Abbotsbury.

Have your say on the future of Abbotsbury.

Consultation timescales

  • 23 October 2020: consultation opens
  • 29 January 2021: consultation closes
  • 13 April 2021: report to Executive for decision
  • 23 April 2021: implementation of Executive decision

How we will consult

Anyone can respond to the consultation. 

View or download options considered for the future of Abbotsbury older persons’ home (PDF), which we encourage you to read before responding.

If you have any questions about the options, need more information or would like us to consider other ideas, these would be welcome.

For those people who are most directly affected by the proposal (the people who live at Abbotsbury, their relatives and the staff who work there) we will organise meetings to enable everyone who wants to, to participate in the consultation. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings will always be facilitated in line with the latest legislation, government guidance and our COVID-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan and remotely wherever possible.

The options that will be offered include:

  • meetings for residents, relatives and staff (either in small groups or one to one); these meetings will be facilitated remotely wherever possible and appropriate
  • meetings facilitated in a way which meets each individual’s communication needs
  • communications via post, email or over the phone to residents, relatives and staff to inform them of activities and the progress of the consultation

The consultation activities with residents and relatives will be tailored to individual requirements.

We will take special care to ensure that the people who live in the home are consulted, without causing distress to those who may have difficulty understanding what is happening. We will discuss this with the people who know the residents best: their relatives and the staff in the home.

For those residents who may need help, we will offer support through advocates provided by POhWER, an independent organisation, who will assist them to ensure that they can express their views.

In addition, we're available to discuss the proposals with other individuals and organisations who would like to know more.