Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Anger at sudden closure of home

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Angry relatives have demanded answers after the sudden closure of a private nursing home in Bradford. A total of 27 residents, some bedridden, confused and suffering from dementia, have been transferred to several other homes after The Knoll, in Leeds Road, Greengates, was ordered to shut. Peter Kay, assistant director of adult services and chairman of the Bradford District Safeguarding Adults Board, said the decision had been taken at an emergency meeting due to risks to residents. A Bradford Council spokesman later added that staff shortages were to blame. Social services bosses say efforts were made to consult relatives but one woman, who contacted the Telegraph & Argus, said she only found out her mother was being moved when the son of another resident phoned her at 5.30pm last Friday to say her 82-year-old mother was alone in her room in tears. When she arrived she says there was nowhere left to park and people were trying to remove the furniture and personal belongings of residents as best they could. Mums specialist wheelchair has gone missing and her electric rise and fall chair is still in the home, we couldnt physically move it in time, said the woman, who did not want to be named for fear that her mothers care would suffer. Mum didnt arrive at her new home until after midnight. We went back to The Knoll on Saturday and there wasnt even a notice on the door to tell relatives what was happening and there has been silence from social services ever since.

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