Residents fight to safeguard future of Tibshelf care home

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FAMILIES of residents living at a Tibshelf care home have launched a campaign to halt a proposal which could see it replaced with flats.

Earlier this year, Derbyshire County Council announced plans to replace 20 of its care homes with ‘state-of-the-art’ flats for older folks as part of a £200m overhaul.

Holmlea in Tibshelf is one of the first nine residential homes that could be affected and a formal consultation is due to take place.

But campaigners are urging the council to keep the Waverley Street home open and refurbish it rather than replace it with flats.

Mary Holmes, whose 91-year-old mother-in-law Joy is a resident, said: “If they are saying that they have to have ensuites it could be done one wing at a time.

“We think that is far preferable to what they are doing.”

Mary, who lives in Annesley, also says that flats would not be suitable because many of the residents are too frail.

“All these people are quite old - they can’t have a flat with their own front door,” she said.

“If they are going to close the home, they (the residents) are all going to be farmed off here, there and everywhere.”

Yesterday, a council spokesman said: “We will be holding a formal consultation into the future of Holmlea and when this begins we will write to residents, their relatives, friends and advocates asking for their views on the proposed closure.

“If, following the consultation, a decision is made to close the home, we would plan with each person and their relatives what is best for them.

“We know that changes can have a big impact on people and we would do our best to ensure that each resident was helped to make the best choice for them and their family.

“We haven’t yet set a date for the consultation at Holmlea but we will be keeping residents and their relatives informed at every stage.”

The campaigners have organised a meeting for anyone who is concerned about the future of Holmlea. It will take place at the care home on 23rd April at 7pm.