Pen­sion­ers must move out for home ren­o­va­tions

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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spate Of Accidents - By He­len Fair­ley

Six­teen pen­sion­ers, some of who suf­fer from de­men­tia, are be­ing forced to move af­ter a care home an­nounced it was shut­ting.

The Ash­ford Nurs­ing Home in Hythe Road, Willes­bor­ough, is clos­ing af­ter 28 years to al­low for es­sen­tial ren­o­va­tions.

All 16 of the home’s elderly res­i­dents now have to find new ac­com­mo­da­tion be­fore the end of June.

One con­cerned rel­a­tive, who asked not to be named, said it was up­set­ting that only one month’s no­tice had been given of the plans, adding: “I felt empty when I found out. They have al­ways done such a good job and there are not many other care homes that I would be happy to have my loved one live in.

“I just hope that wher­ever we end up with is just as good.”

Man­ager Lola Titus ad­mit­ted it was wor­ry­ing for res­i­dents, rel­a­tives and the more than 30 staff mem­bers but in­sisted the clo­sure was nec­es­sary.

“It re­ally is to make it bet­ter for every­one,” she said. “We have done our best to ex­plain.”

It is un­der­stood that 12 of the res­i­dents have al­ready se­cured places at the home’s sis­ter res­i­dence Brabourne Care Cen­tre, also in Hythe Road. Con­sul­ta­tions are also tak­ing place with KCC about housing the re­main­ing four.

The work, which will in­clude ex­pand­ing the lift and re­plac­ing the boiler, is ex­pected to take a year. The care home hopes to re­open when it is com­pleted and it is un­der­stood res­i­dents will be able to re­turn if they wish.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4383379

The Ash­ford Nurs­ing Home is to close

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