Relatives of dementia patients at a soon-to-close nursing unit at an old people’s home have been given more time to find new places for their loved ones.
Families had been given just a month’s notice of the closure.
The nursing unit at Abbey Place Dementia Care Home in Abbey Road, Fartown, shuts on Friday but relatives have been told that patients can stay until they find new homes.
It is understood that 33 residents with severe dementia had to move.
Kirklees Council said that all but two had been found new homes and the two that remained could stay for the time being.
Gemma Hannam, 19, of Lockwood, said her family was one of those still looking for new places.
Her grandfather Clive, 71, only went to Abbey Place in March and must now move again – when the family can find a suitable home.
Relatives have complained at the shortage of elderly mental infirm dementia nursing beds in Kirklees and Calderdale and Gemma said: “It’s really difficult.
“Most of the family can’t drive and grandad is a Huddersfield man and we want him to stay in Huddersfield.
“He’s a big Town fan and where he is now he can hear the crowd from his room and he loves that.
“We have looked at other homes in Kirklees and one had no windows and another had no soft furniture. We are now looking at somewhere in Wakefield.”
Gemma, who set up a Facebook group to press for the closure of the home to be put back until after Christmas, said relatives had been told they could stay until they found somewhere else.
“We knew they couldn’t just throw the residents out on the streets but it’s still a worrying time.”
Gemma said she was devastated for staff who had lost their jobs and wanted to thank everyone for their support.
She said moving dementia patients was unsettling and added: “We witnessed someone leaving and we just couldn’t watch. It was horrible.”
Keith Smith, assistant director for commissioning and health partnerships at Kirklees Council, said: “The nursing unit at Abbey Place will close and the residential units will continue to provide a service to the residents of Kirklees.
“All residents have been found alternative accommodation with the exception of two people, who will remain at Abbey Place for the time being.
“The council and Clinical Commissioning Group staff are working together to find appropriate placements to meet their care needs.”