A care home for disabled people in Northampton could close, the charity that runs it has said.
Hampton House, a care home in Lumbertubs run by Scope, has been branded “old-fashioned” by charity bosses.
It means the 21 current residents will have to find new accommodation, whether that be by themselves and financed by a personal budget or living as a group while supported by Scope.
It is understood any closure could take up to three years.
Peter Walker, Scope regional director said: “We’re looking into closing Hampton House, because we don’t think this kind of old-fashioned care home offers disabled people the kind of say that everyone else has over where they live, who they live with and how their money is spent. This is nothing to do with the quality of the service.
“We will now consult with the disabled people who use the care homes, their families, staff and local authorities before making a final decision.
“This is part of a wider trend, prompted by disabled people, away from institutional, segregated care homes towards the kind of support where disabled people have choice and control over the services they receive and are treated as citizens.”
Many Scope care homes were opened in the 1970 and the charity said that in the last five years it has changed or closed ten of these ”more old fashioned services”.
Mr Walker said: “We’ve decided it was time to step up our work. We have reviewed all of our care homes for disabled adults to see which ones we needed to change.
“We know changes like this are hard for the disabled people, families and staff involved, and it’s not something we do without a great deal of consideration.
“We will do our best to do it sensitively and respectfully, supporting everyone affected to understand what the changes mean and what choices are available to them. We want to work with the relevant authorities to help ensure those people’s needs can be properly met elsewhere.”
A spokeswoman for Scope said: “This is part of a wider review of all of Scope’s services, focused on giving disabled people more choice and control over where and how they live, and seeing which of our services need to change to do this.”