Derby care home residents 'over the moon' about avoiding closure
People living in two care homes in Derby are delighted that the residences are to be spared the axe, giving older people in the area more options when they choose a care home.
Warwick House, in Littleover and Merrill House in Shelton Lock, were due to be closed under council plans, reports the Derby Telegraph.
The council's leader Harvey Jennings has now said that Merrill House will be kept open for a further five years while it is proposed Warwick House will remain running for a year and then residents will be offered places at Bramblebrook House, in Mickleover.
Olive George, 94, has lived in Warwick House for 23 years. She told the publication: "One of the staff had gone to the meeting and came in to me at 11pm and told me the news. I was just over the moon. It was what we'd hoped for."
This comes after news that two care homes in Llanelli have also been kept open, despite the fact that Carmarthenshire Council originally wanted to close St Paul's and privatise Caemaen, reports the Llanelli Star.