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A CARE home for elderly people in Gosport could close under plans by Hampshire County Council.

The Addenbrooke home in Willis Road is facing closure as part of a shake-up of care for older people in the county.

The council has launched a consultation to find out what residents and families of those who use the service think.

It says more money should be spend on extra care schemes, which offer elderly people a more independent way of living while still receiving help from carers.

The councillor in charge of adult social care at Hampshire County Council, Cllr Felicity Hindson, said: ‘Individuals’ care needs and the way they want to live are changing.

‘Many more people are choosing to stay in a home of their own with care support, only opting for traditional residential care if their needs become much more complex.

‘Reviewing the way we provide care helps us meet this new demand and be able to offer older residents more choice.

‘Unfortunately this also means we need to look at the future of some of the care homes we currently run.’

Cllr Hindson added that no home will close until all residents have found alternative accommodation they are happy with.

If you would like to answer the consultation questionnaire, call 0845 603 5630 or visit hants.gov.uk/residential-care-consultation.

The consultation finishes on August 20.

The answers will go into a report before the council in September.