Social care crisis hits two care homes in Stroud: David Drew MP visits residents affected
Gloucestershire Care Partnership (GCP) and Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) are considering the closure of two Stroud care homes; Southfield and Wyatt House.
David Drew MP visited Southfield on Friday to talk to residents and the management team there after receiving several calls from relatives and residents who are upset and concerned.
Beryl Owen, resident at Southfield home told David;
“Taking our home away from us hurts us all. We have called this our home and we love it here. It’s not just us this affects, it affects our children and friends.”
David Drew MP visited Southfield care home on Friday to discuss the situation with management and also talk to residents there.
“It is clear that residents and their relatives are very distressed. I was pleased to be able to talk to them directly and listen to their concerns, and I will be raising these with Gloucestershire County Council as well as with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
“I am particularly worried that the closure of Southfield and Wyatt will mean there is a lack of provision in Stroud town which is easily accessible for loved ones, and a lack of specialist provision for people with dementia.
“There has been a lack of investment in these homes but I am concerned that closing them could prove to be a false economy.
“It seems that this decision is being rushed, which is particularly distressing for elderly, vulnerable people. I would like to see reassurance that better alternative provision will be made.
“My office has taken several calls from very distressed residents and relatives who say they feel like they are being ‘treated like cattle.’ There is a lack of alternative provision for dementia patients, in particular, from Wyatt House - as these patients are almost certainly not candidates for staying in their own homes.
“Of course people should stay in their homes for as long as they can. But this should be led by demand, not forced upon those struggling, in order to compensate for cuts in council budgets.”