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'Changing care trends' close care home near Bristol

A care home for people with learning disabilities near Bristol will close at the end of May.

Russell House, in Almondsbury, currently houses five residents who will have to move to new accommodation.

The decision comes after commissioners advised that there was no future for accommodation of this sort, meaning it would not be cost-effective to run.

The Milestones Trust, a charity which runs the home, said it recognised it was a difficult time for residents.

'Very difficult'

Jan Gresham, head of operations for the trust, said: "Unfortunately it is no longer financially viable in the current format.

"There are changing preferences about the way in which people are cared for. It's not the kind of provision that's going to be needed in the future."

Bristol City Council recently announced that it was putting more emphasis on supporting the elderly and people with learning difficulties to live in their own homes.

A council spokeswoman said: "[We are] shifting the focus of our spend to reduce the amount spent on residential care into supporting people to live safely and well in their own homes."

Ms Gresham said: "It's been a very difficult decision to take because the five people living there have lived there for a while, it is their home."

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