Residents protest proposed nursing home closure

Posted on 06 April 2011

Care home residents with dementia and their relatives have united to protest the proposed closure of two specialist nursing homes housing those who are paying for long term care.

The Star reports that five residents of the Woodland View in Norton and Birch Avenue in Chapel Town joined forces with a group of relatives to make their voices heard on the issue.

NHS Sheffield has made plans to withdraw £2.8 million in funding for the homes, which is likely to see both units close.

Sue Harding, the daughter of one of the residents, told the paper: "I think the board was shocked to be confronted with some of the people it is trying to evict.

"I think it was perfectly right for us to take along some of those who are able to understand a little, so they could be part of the consultation about their future."

This comes after news that people choosing a care home could be subject to council service cuts amounting to £6 million.

A Financial Times investigation found that services for children and older people will be most affected by the cuts.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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