Melton Times letter: Rallying call to Meltonians to join fight to keep Catherine Dalley House open

Catherine Dalley House on Scalford Road is under threat of closure EMN-150207-105018001
Catherine Dalley House on Scalford Road is under threat of closure EMN-150207-105018001
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It seems ironic that your paper last week carried an article on ‘Raising awareness during Carers’ Week’ - yet a few pages before one read about the county council’s plans to close Catherine Dalley House.

“If, following consultation, the decision is taken to close, we will work with each resident to find them places in suitable homes nearby.”

We are talking about elderly people who are living happily in their home, supported by loving and familiar staff, once again being threatened with upheaval and loss.

Moving residents at this stage of their lives would be placing them in a bereavement situation, together with the staff.

No wonder the house needs ‘significant repairs’ if nothing has been done for 20 years. Shame on Leicestershire County Council for being so negligent.

The Government has been encouraging better care for the elderly - this proposed closure is just the opposite.

Come on, Meltonians and others, don’t sit on the fence, but rally round and fight to keep Catherine Dalley House open. You, or a member of your family, may need its care one day.

Catherine Ward

Framland Drive, Melton

EDITOR’S NOTE: The county council is currently consulting the public on its proposals which include closing Catherine Dalley House which, if agreed, the council says would save it £146,000 in annual running costs. The consultation is running until midnight on Monday, September 21. To give your views you can fill in the online consultation document by visiting www.leics.gov.uk/catherinedalley and then clicking on the link. You can request a paper copy of the document by calling (0116) 305 4699.