Short-notice care home closures: a guide for local authority commissioners

Published: September 2011

This guide helps commissioners, particularly local authority staff, to manage care home closures at short notice in situations that may be unexpected and therefore unplanned. It should also be useful to care home staff, residents and relatives. All commissioners and providers should have procedures for managing planned closures where they have more than three months' warning that the service is being shut down.

The guide covers implications for practice, examples of what others are doing and a summary of what policy and research tells us. It also includes examples of procedures, checklists and templates from various organisations around the UK.

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Produced with the support of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services