Tuesday, 24 November 2020

2,000 sign petition to stop care home closure

A PETITION against plans to shut a home for the elderly has attracted more than 2,000 signatures.

A PETITION against plans to shut a home for the elderly has attracted more than 2,000 signatures.

The Arthur Clark care home in Caversham has been lined up for a £1million overhaul but would have to close while the work is carried out.

Reading Borough Council, which is proposing the refurbishment, says the centre in Albert Road is not up to standard and must be upgraded.

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

The council says the work must be carried out within the next 18 months to meet new rules on room sizes and communal facilities.

At the moment, residents have to share bathrooms and several bedrooms are too small under Care Quality Commission guidelines.

But campaigners say the authority should postpone the work until the pensioners have passed away or go into nursing care. Many of them are in their eighties and nineties and their families fear the stress of moving could damage their health.

A council spokesman said: “We know that people value the quality of care they get at Arthur Clark. Unfortunately, the building does not meet the standards expected for the future.

“We realise that having to move will be unsettling for residents. To keep disruption to a minimum, we believe we should avoid people having to move more than once.”

The council has held several meetings to discuss residents’ concerns and carried out public consultation, which ended today (Friday).

It has also proposed closing the neighbouring Albert Road Day Centre, which it claims is under-used.

The other options are a £400,000 refurbishment, merging it with the Phoenix Day Centre in Southcote or opening a new day care centre on the site.

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