The human cost of closing a care home
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