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Dorset Council ends hotel care scheme

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During the COVID-19 crisis, many individuals could not go back into their own homes immediately after leaving hospital as they were waiting for the social care help and support packages.

Plans were put in place by Dorset Council and social care agencies, ensuring that individuals who were critically ill and most in need of help had access to the right support in hospitals.

However, for those that were being cared for from the comfort of their home, there was a short period during which it became more and more difficult to provide the right level of care.

As a result, a hotel-based care scheme was set up to allow anyone who was medically fit to leave the hospital was able to do so, in a safe and controlled way.

At the start of the pandemic, Best Western Hotel Rembrandt on Dorchester Road in Weymouth and the Grange Hotel at Oborne, near Sherborne, offered accommodation for people not affected by COVID-19 and who were medically fit to leave the hospital.

Since then, Dorset Council has announced that the scheme is coming to an end:

The council would like to thank all parties, especially the hotels, for the efforts made to get things up and running so quickly. This gave valuable assurance that we could cope in the event of high demand. Luckily here in Dorset, the level of need has not been as high as had been first anticipated and the cases much lower in numbers.

As a result of this, we’re now confident that there is enough capacity in the care sector to support people in their own homes in a variety of ways without the need for the additional space in the hotels. The council is now working with the hotels and partners to end the service and return all the equipment provided to set it up.

We are continuing to look to the future at how the most vulnerable people can get the right help and support, in the right place at the right time and this will involve working with both statutory, voluntary, community and commercial partners in the area.

Dorset Council spokesperson
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