Homes plans under fire at meeting

NDET 15-1-13 RKH 3 Beechcroft nursing home.
NDET 15-1-13 RKH 3 Beechcroft nursing home.

Members of the public have been urged to make their objections known against plans to close care homes and replace them with apartments

Erewash Cllr Louis Booth has asked people to write to the Advertiser in response to council claims that homes in Derbyshire are not fit for purpose.

He made the plea during a public meeting at West Hallam in protest at plans for the closure of Beechcroft - a nursing home in the village.

Under the scheme a network of 1,600 ‘extra care’ apartments are planned to be built within five miles of most county residents.

A spokesman said the new apartments would include on-site care for those who need it, including people with dementia.

But the families of residents believe the extra care homes are designed for less dependent clients.

Cllr Booth said: “This is the dignity of our elderly residents. You have to say why you want to retain the care homes.”

The meeting was told Derbyshire County Council’s member for adult care, Charles Jones, had stated the homes were ‘not fit for purpose’ and residents could survive perfectly well under the new plan.

Organiser Gill Ferguson, whose 91-year-old mother Joyce Wood suffers from dementia and is facing a move from Beechcroft, said: “Our parents brought us up and now it’s payback time.”