A 90-YEAR-OLD woman has been evicted from her care home by bosses to save money.
Denise Gibbons was called to a meeting at Longwood Grange Care Home With Nursing – where her mother Miriam Newton had lived for the past three years.
As her mother was in hospital because of a chest infection, Denise presumed the meeting was about her future care.
But she was shocked when managers at the home told her the nursing services were ending as they were too expensive and her mum, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, had three weeks to find a new home.
The Golcar woman said: “I was asked to remove my mum as they said they would no longer do nursing care and I had to find somewhere else for her.
“It was dreadful. I broke down in to tears, especially as mum was in hospital at the time.
“They told me that all residents that required nursing would also be asked to move to another home.
“Mum has been through the system, she began with residential care and then when her Alzheimer’s got much worse, she became fully dependent on nursing care.
“So I thought when we got her into Longwood Grange three-and-a-half years ago, that was it, she was settled, this was her home.
“She was happy here.
“I never thought we would have to move her again and re-establish her somewhere else at her age.
“I asked if it would be possible to keep mum and the other residents requiring nursing care on till the end of their time and they said no, it would not be possible at all and the nursing service was no longer financially viable for the home.
“The staff there had been wonderful and really knew her likes and dislikes. It just seems as though further up they don’t care as much.
“I hope nobody else has to go though what we have gone through in the past two weeks, having to find her a new home and re-settle her, I think the way that the management at the home handled this was awful.”
After the meeting on January 9, Denise managed to find a home for her mum and she is now based at Cowlersley Court.
Peter Constable, chief executive officer of Ancyra Health Limited, who run the Longwood home, said that nursing services were proving too expensive and the decision to end the nurse-based care was not taken lightly.
He said: “We understand the impact it has had on families, and it was with much regret that we decided to take away the nursing care.
“There is less of a demand for nursing care services and as two of the residents have now been deemed to only need residential care, we had three patients needing full-time nursing care.
“We had been consulting with the authorities since about a month ago, who agreed that there was less of a demand for nursing beds as more and more people are treated at home.
“It is a very tough time for nursing home management – all our internal costs have increased yet our fees have remained the same.
“Within the meeting was myself, the manager, a representative from social services and the NHS.”
Mr Constable claimed that the three-week eviction was a guideline and should any of the patients who required nursing care need extra time, they would keep staff on for longer.
There have been no redundancies due to the closure of nursing care at Longwood Grange and staff have been placed at Ancyra’s other two care homes Woodfield Grange Nursing Home, Halifax and Roberttown nursing home, Roberttown.