Care home 'to keep short stay beds'

Posted on 15 March 2011

A care home in Oxfordshire will retain 13 short stay beds after successful protests by the Watlington Charitable Trust, giving those who pay for care more options.

Oxfordshire County Council announced in September that it would stop paying for 13 short-stay beds at Watlington Care Home, reports the Henley Standard.

However, following protests by the trust, the council announced that it would reverse the decision and continue to fund the beds until next March.

Tom Holden, chairman of the trust, told the newspaper: "The intermediate care beds are vital for people requiring some respite after a major operation in hospital.

"In fact, very few patients have had to return to hospital thanks to the excellent care and attention given to them."

This comes after news that residents of Warwick House and Merrill House in Derby are delighted that their care homes are to be kept open.

The care homes were due to be closed under council plans, according to the Derby Telegraph, but Merrill House is now to remain open for a further five years, while Warwick House will run for another year before residents are offered places at Bramblebrook House in Mickleover.

 

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