This purpose built respite facility for adults with learning difficulties has been earmarked for closure by the city council by March 31st 2015. (There will be a “managed exit”!) Its two bungalows were built in 2000 to replace the service that used to be in the Monyhull Hall hospital as part of ‘care in the community’. The respite unit is based in Kingswood Drive in the Brandwood ward. Its intake comes from across Birmingham and it supports approximately 43 families.
The respite care for 18 to 65 year olds is provided by the NHS, using highly trained specialist staff, but the funding comes from the Council and they have decided to withdraw it. The joint commissioning group has decided that there will be no such learning disability service in Birmingham and people would have to go private or make other arrangements instead. Already, one of the bungalows has been shut and the…
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