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Campaign to save Yeadon care home gains pace
1:21pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Local news
A campaign to save a Yeadon care home is continuing despite council assurances that none of the current residents will have to move.
A Save Suffolk Court meeting is being organised by families who fought to save the home.
The area’s MP Greg Mulholland will be one of those attending the meeting – on September 21 – along with Otley and Yeadon councillors Ryk Downes and Sandy Lay.
Last week Leeds City Council’s Executive Board resolved to close or re-designate eight council-run residential care homes and four day centres. Suffolk Court will be turned into a specialist clinical intermediate care centre.
But Coun Lay, a practicing nurse and a former senior nurse at Wharfedale Hospital, is warning that the executive board decision could lead to closure by stealth once the outcry has died down.
“Should the council believe that either residents’ safety or value for money is not being provided than they will be able to close Suffolk Court without further consultation,” he stressed.
Suffolk Court campaigner Barbara Tattersley said the decision was “despite the vigorous campaign waged by the relatives and friends”.
She argued that Suffolk Court was the wrong location for an Intermediate Care Facility and that Wharfedale Hospital would be a better choice.
“It has still not been confirmed that the NHS will ‘partner’ the Council in this venture,” said Mrs Tattersley.
“Meanwhile the residents become increasingly anxious about their future.”
Campaigners fighting to save Manorfield House residential home in Horsforth say they will continue to press the council to reconsider its decision.
Action group member Julia Chapman said the decision to close the home to new admissions was the “height of financial folly”.
She said: “We are all hugely relieved that Manorfield House is not closing immediately, whilst being very sad for the residents who live at the four homes which Leeds City Council has voted to close.
“However, we believe the decision about Manorfield to be short-sighted because it does not address the gap in provision of residential care services in the Horsforth ward and leaves nowhere for elderly ward residents who will need 24/7 care in the near future to go, if they want to stay close to where they have lived.”
The authority says it is facing financial challenges and has had to look closely at the cost of all its services to try to find ways of doing things differently while making sure that support is available when people need it most.
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