The hu­man cost of clos­ing a care home

Macclesfield Express - - HANDS OFF HOLLINS VIEW - ALEX HIB­BERT

THIS week our cam­paign to keep Hollins View care home open con­tin­ues as we as­sess the hu­man cost vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple will pay if its ser­vices are stopped.

The coun­cil wants to trans­fer all respite care for de­men­tia suf­fer­ers to the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor – mean­ing the fu­ture of ser­vices that Hollins View pro­vides is un­der threat. Un­der the plans the care home it­self could also close.

Now The Ex­press has spo­ken to peo­ple that use the respite care ser­vice at the home, on Clarke Ter­race in Mac­cles­field – to find out how they will be af­fected by the coun­cil’s pro­pos­als.

Two pe­ti­tions against the coun­cil’s pos­si­ble clo­sure – with almost 2,000 sig­na­tures be­tween them

‘A vi­tal pub­lic ser­vice is be­ing taken away’

– were coun­cil week.

One of the pe­ti­tions was started by Se­nior Voice, a com­mu­nity group which rep­re­sents el­derly peo­ple in Mac­cles­field.

Eileen Tal­bot, a mem­ber of the group, said: “The Se­nior Voice group are very con­cerned about the pos­si­ble clo­sure of Hollins View Care Home.

“The amount of sig­na­tures gath­ered shows how much peo­ple want the ser­vices at Hollins View to re­main there.

“The whole group is con­cerned that a vi­tal pub­lic ser­vice is be­ing taken away and the al­ter­na­tive is sim­ply not as good.

“I’m very con­cerned too, in my opin­ion the coun­cil knows there’s go­ing to be less ser­vices pro­vided, and that means its likely peo­ple will be trav­el­ling out of the town to re­ceive care.

“Fam­i­lies sim­ply won’t be able to visit them eas­ily and it will have a real ad­verse af­fect on our vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.”

Eileen is also a scru­tiny vol­un­teer with Health­watch Cheshire East – which rep­re­sents res­i­dents to help shape health and so­cial care ser­vices.

As part of her work with it she goes to in­spect care sent to

of­fices the last homes around Mac­cles­field and sends the sub­se­quent re­port to the

Qual­ity Com­mis- Care sion.

She added: “I vis­ited Hollins View and was ex­tremely im­pressed with the fa­cil­i­ties there.

“All of the peo­ple who were stay­ing there were very happy.

“The staff make them feel im­por­tant.

“I feel very angry that the coun­cil wasted masses on the Lyme Green fi­asco, but can’t find the funds to keep our most vul­ner­a­ble and el­derly peo­ple safe.” ●● SEE let­ters.

●● Hollins View care home could close if the coun­cil trans­fers all respite care for de­men­tia suf­fer­ers to the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor

●● Coun Laura Jeuda and res­i­dents with one of the pe­ti­tions to keep Hollins View open

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