Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Council home to shut

A COUNCIL care home in Caversham is set to close despite a campaign by the families of residents.

A COUNCIL care home in Caversham is set to close despite a campaign by the families of residents.

More than 3,500 people signed a petition to try to save the Arthur Clark care home but Reading Borough Council approved the closure on Monday.

The neighbouring Albert Road day centre will also be closed and respite care and day services will be transferred to the Phoenix Centre in West Reading. The care home site could be used for new housing for the elderly.

The council said £1.1million was needed to bring the home up to modern standards and the work had carried out within 18 months to meet new rules on room sizes and communal facilities.

It therefore recommended permanently moving the 24 residents to other homes in Reading so they would not have to live in temporary accommodation.

Campaigners say the authority should have postponed a decision until the pensioners had passed away or gone into nursing care. Many of them are in their eighties and nineties and their families fear the stress of moving could damage their health.

There were protests outside Monday’s council meeting, which followed a 12-week consultation period.

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