The Isle of Wight Council is seeking to offer support and reassurance to the families of 13 residents with learning disabilities who live at Ryde House – who it’s believed may receive notice from their private provider to leave.
The council – which provides funding to meet the residents’ care and support needs – has been trying to personally contact the affected families to explain the situation and what is being done on their behalf.
Ryde House, which is a specialist private provider for people with learning disabilities, has given 14 days’ notice to the council of its intention to give 7 days’ notice to the residents’ families.
A council spokesperson said:
“We have been involved in ongoing discussions with Ryde House to try to resolve issues surrounding the contract between us for a number of residents. These discussions are continuing and while they are taking place there has been no change in the care and support commissioned or the fees paid.
“We remain fully committed to these discussions and are very surprised and extremely concerned to have received the intention to serve notice with no prior indication. In our view the talks are still very active and we are working in good faith to resolve the issues and ensure the future health and care of the residents.
“Our absolute priority remains the long-term welfare and stability of these residents and we will be doing all we can on their behalf, together with ensuring that their care and support needs continue to be met.
“We have been endeavouring to personally contact the families to explain developments, and are also notifying the Care Quality Commission of developments.”
Any families wishing to speak to adult social care can call Laura Gaudion, assistant director commissioning and partnerships, on 01983 821000, ext: 6337 or by emailing [email protected].
The statement reads:
“I am writing to confirm our position in relation to the care and support we currently provide to 12 people funded by the Isle of Wight Local Authority.
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“The local authority have assessed the care needs of the people affected as being lower than the level we currently provide to then. As the levels of care and support we currently provide are required to maintain good outcomes for these members of our community, we have disagreed with the local authority’s assessments and after several months of discussions, we were informed that the local authority would not be changing their position.
“We are, and always have been, passionate about delivering exceellent quality care and support, and maintaining safety for the vulnerable people we support. Our aim is to ensure their well-being and best outcomes are maintained. We could not however continued to provide this standard of care and support if we were to agree to the assessments by the Local Authority. It is therefore, with great reluctance and regret, that we have informed the IW LA of our intent to give formal notice, in accordance with the terms of the Local Authority’s contract.
“We are, and always have been, passionate about delivering excellent quality care and support, and maintaining safety for the vulnerable people we support. Our aim is to ensure their well-being and support if we were to agree to the assessments by the local authority. It is therefore, with great reluctance and regret, that we have informed the IW LA of our intent to give formal notice, in accordance with the terms of the Local Authority’s contract.
“Many months of time and effort on both sides have gone in to trying to avoid this situation, but unfortunately we are left with limited options if we disagree on the level of care a person requires to lead as happy and normal a life as possible.
“We have made our position clear to the Local Authority that the people affected by this notice do not need to move out and can continue to live with us indefinitely as long as we are able to agree the correct care levels to ensure that we can maintain their safety and well-being”.