Consultation opens on the future of Blackburn Lodge Care Home

Kent County Council (KCC) wants to hear the views of residents on the future of Blackburn Lodge Care Home on the Isle of Sheppey.

The council has launched a 10 – week consultation about the home, which currently houses a residential unit and a day care service for older people.

KCC has been exploring the way forward for Blackburn Lodge and now seeks the views of residents on the future of the home and its proposal to close the home and find alternative provision for residents. The council is seeking to explore options for developing older people’s accommodation, preferably on the Isle of Sheppey, in the form of Housing with Care.

Housing with Care is where people can live independently and receive high levels of care. It aims to reduce social isolation, promote independence and offer an alternative to formal care and residential homes.

Clair Bell, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Kent County Council understands how strongly people feel about the future of Blackburn Lodge Care Home and the care services available on the Isle of Sheppey.

“Increasingly, people want to be supported to live independently in their own homes with the best care to meet their needs. Traditional residential models of care are becoming less desirable.

“In line with these needs, the council is commissioning fewer residential services and investing in a variety of enablement and preventative services to flexibly meet people’s needs at home and support them to live as independently as possible.”

During the consultation, KCC will be meeting with staff, residents and their families to gather their views and answer any queries.

For more information and to complete the online questionnaire visit 

Alternatively, collect a paper form and a freepost envelope available from Blackburn Lodge or libraries in Minster, Queenborough or Sheerness, or send it by post to: Consultation Team, Adult Social Care and Health, Kent County Council, Invicta House, Maidstone, ME14 1XX.

For any queries, call 03000 422557 or email

For further information about the Kent County Council Communications Office contact Justine Wingate on 03000 418101 or email

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Notes for journalists

Consultation period


21 January 2020 to 31 March 2020
Report to Adult Social Care Cabinet Committee May 2020
Cabinet member decision June 2020


Consultation opens on the future of Blackburn Lodge Care Home was last modified: January 21st, 2020 by Justine Wingate