Ellesmere closes early
Residents and families were shocked at the announcement
of the sudden closure of Ellesmere Residential Home for older people,
the only home specialising in the care of elderly Black people.
The planned closure of Ellesmere is to be brought forward from
2006 to the spring of this year. The Council explained that the
service wasn’t being used enough and they are confident all
the residents would be found other places.
The home was opened in the mid 70’s with support from SADACCA,
but doesn’t meet the new National Care Standards. When you
step inside it has a friendly and peaceful atmosphere. Although
only 18 of the 35 places are filled, and only five are from the
African Carribean community, the oldest resident has been there
for more than a decade.
Cllr Mick Rooney, Cabinet Member for Social Services and Health,
said, "There are now plenty of places in the area in newer
homes with good quality facilities, and we're finding more people
are choosing to stay at home, using day services and home support."
There are plans for some of the staff to take their expertise and
experience to Roe Lane Home, but as Steve Cooke, Chair of BCAF,
pointed out at the recent New Deal meeting, Ellesmere was particularly
useful as there are seperate male and female areas.
BCAF’s next Quarterly Forum in February will
focus on issues concerning the elderly (see advert
for more details).