The granddaughter of a 95-year-old woman who lived at Catherine Dalley House care home in Melton to rehabilitate following an operation has joined a campaign to fight against its proposed closure.
Sophie Laine praised the way staff at the Scalford Road establishment had looked after frail Nancy Kelly during her stay and described it as ‘a life changing place’.
Her comments come as Leicestershire County Council launch a consultation exercise into its plans to close the home because it cannot afford the £315,000 required to repair and upgrade the property, which houses 12 elderly people but has capacity for 28.
Residents and staff have already been consulted about the proposals and any other interested parties have until September 21 to register their comments.
Ms Laine has written to Melton MP Sir Alan Duncan asking him to fight against the planned closure because she said it was a vitally-needed facility in Melton.
Her grandmother has lived in Melton 42 years, she said, and after going to live at the home after a partial hip replacement she felt rejuvenated because of the excellent care she received.
“We are all so upset to hear that there is consultation in relation to closing Catherine Dalley House – it has been a lifeline to my nana and us and without the care and support from Catherine Dalley house I really don’t know what we would have done,” said Ms Laine.
“I am absolutely sure that my nana would not be as strong as she is now without them.”
She added: “I will not rest until I can make sure my nana has what she needs and I will fight hard to do anything I can to help Catherine Dalley House stay open - to help other families have the benefit of such a life changing place.”
A spokesperson for Leicestershire County Council said a final decision would be made at the end of the consultation process - he said residents and staff were spoken to about it the day after the closure proposals were announced earlier this month.
Dave Houseman, cabinet member for adult social care at County Hall, said: “I’ve already met the residents and staff at Catherine Dalley House, to hear their views in person.
“We believe it is time to end the uncertainty for the remaining 12 residents and consult on closure.
“If, following consultation, the decision is taken to close, we will work with each resident, to find them places in suitable homes nearby.”
Catherine Dalley House is a former hunting lodge which was converted to a residential care home in 1957. The premises were last extensively modernised and improved almost 20 years ago and are now in need of significant repairs. County Hall, which needs to cut £82 million from its budget over the next four years, would save £146,000 in annual running costs if it closed the home.
To make a comment about the possible closure of Catherine Dalley House go online at http://www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/catherinedalley or to request a paper copy of the document call 0116 305 4699.