Burman House is set to become a specialist dementia care home. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Terrington St John’s Burman House Care Home is set to become a specialist dementia care home following a public consultation.

Operator NorseCare launched the consultation in September where it proposed to close Burman House, which has up to 30 residents. 

However, following the consultation, the home is now set to become a specialist dementia care home for 30 people and its residential care service would cease.

A spokesman for NorseCare said: “In total, 85 people formally responded to the consultation. Responses to the consultation were positive about the home and the care provided there.”

Karen Knight, managing director of NorseCare, said: “There is a clear need for more dementia provision in the west of the county and I see a re-purposed Burman House being an important part of meeting that need.” 

Social work staff will now work with residents to explore whether they need or want to move to other accommodation during or after the transition. 

Nearly 800 people, including former and current staff and residents’ relatives signed a UNISON petition against closing the care home and the union has welcomed the decision not to close it.

UNISON Norfolk County branch secretary Jonathan Dunning said: “This is fantastic news for residents and staff at Burman House.

“The fact hundreds of people backed our campaign to keep Burman House open shows just how loved the home is and how much the local community values it.

“We were overwhelmed by the strength of feeling from workers past and present as well as relatives of those who receive fantastic care at Burman House.”

Mr Dunning said the strength of feeling, including support by the parish council, had helped to secure its future.

He added: “I’d also like to applaud the excellent work done by UNISON members at all levels of NorseCare who have helped ensure that it is the only large care provider in England and Wales to have all its homes graded as good or outstanding by official inspectors.”