Pensioners must move out for home renovations
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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.
The Ashford Nursing Home is to close