Short-notice care home closures

About this guide

This guide brings together best available knowledge and practice based learning into a suite of practical materials to support commissioners who may be called upon to manage unplanned care home closures. The experience of commissioners as well as the regulator and bodies representing the interests of providers, residents and relatives has helped to shape the content. At this stage, drawing upon this experience and research based evidence, the guide highlights key issues to take account of rather than to provide conclusive recommendations. Legal advice should always be sought appropriate to individual and local circumstances.

SCIE, in conjunction with ADASS, commissioned the AESOP consortium to help us bring together these materials which we hope you will draw upon to inform local plans. We are also grateful to representatives from the following organisations who contributed to shaping the guide:

We aim to build upon this initial work to support best practice. We welcome your feedback on the guide itself and your views on how we can improve it. Plus, if you have any examples from experience that you would like to share, please send them to

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