Dozens of families say they are frustrated by the claims. A care home told them they have only six weeks to find a new place for their relatives to live.
Relatives of 24 residents at Whiten Shaw’s Yellow Care Home allege they were told last week that ongoing renovation work had made the facility unsuitable for them.
Nearly all people living at home suffer from dementia and have complex needs that require specialist treatment.
A staff member, who did not want to be named, told MEN that four residents at risk of being ‘homeless’ are currently receiving end-of-life care.
Troubled families say they fear their family members will not be able to move to another home, and what they said is a “very short notice” for finding alternative accommodation.
An e-mail sent to staff on August 6, seen by MEN, informed employees of the care home’s ‘major physical changes’.
“In consultation with local authorities, we have decided that the best course of action is to close the Rushi and Park Acre units so that this can be done,” the email said.
“The reason for this decision is that the service provided to the residents on these units will have to be discontinued, and it is in the best interest of the residents to be placed in a service that will meet their needs in the long run. ۔
“In the coming weeks, we will work with care teams and the families of the residents of these units to ensure they have a more suitable home and a smooth relocation.”
Care workers were also told in an email that due to the reorganization, the number of in-house staff may need to be reduced to ‘service requirements’.
Karen Doherty’s mother, Ann Fisher, 76, lives with dementia and has lived in a yellow care home for almost three years.
“It’s been very painful for the last two days. I’m really disappointed with what’s happening here,” he said.
“The reason I chose this particular care home was because it specializes in dementia and I hoped it would mean I wouldn’t have to move again.”
Karen says she arrived home from work last Thursday (August 5th) to receive a letter from the care home about the meeting this evening.
He claims to have been approached by a friend who also has a relative who says he is “kicking everyone out”.
“I went to the care home and asked what was going on. The manager told me we would have four to six weeks for our relatives to find a new home,” Karen said.
“There are 30 residents and when I started ringing in places they told me they already had a lot of inquiries. I’m nervous.
“My mother was paralyzed and could not see properly, so it was very painful during the epidemic. We had to talk to her through the window.
“It was bad enough. Now we can see that the change is incredible.
“But now the thought is that I have to move it and that it will probably have to be isolated for 10 days – we’re putting it right in the epidemic.
“I think we have been treated very badly. Don’t they think that our relatives have gone through enough to do this to them in the last two years?”
A staff member, who asked to hide his identity for fear of reprisals, accused the care home owners of making the elderly and vulnerable residents ‘homeless’.
It is claimed that employees received an e-mail on Monday (August 9th) reminding them not to speak to the press or post on social media as they could face disciplinary action. Is.
“Work on the building began a few months ago with plans to build a cinema, swimming pool and pub, and they told us they were going to do it with us,” said the maintenance worker.
“There has been no building work for weeks and we are asking questions but getting no answers.
“Then we received an email just before 5pm on Friday stating that 24 of the remaining 48 residents were being told they would have to find another place to live.
“There are four residents who have been told they need to be evacuated who are at the end of their life care.
“All these people are deteriorating and if they are transferred, some of them will die.
“None of the staff members have any idea what is going to happen to our jobs or what we are going to do.”
Dennis and Chris Corrigan say they have also been told that their aunt, Vera, age 94, who is also living with dementia, will need to go home again.
Her family says she is no longer able to move and will soon need 24-hour care.
“I went to the meeting on Thursday afternoon to hear what the new renovation would do,” Dennis said.
“It was a complete shock. We are all upset.
“We were under the impression that the renovation was going to improve the facilities for the existing residents in the house.
“All that was said in a very short time was that no further construction work or renovations could proceed until our relatives were relocated.”
Dennis and Chris say the care home has put them in an ‘impossible position’, and they fear that six weeks is not enough time to find a suitable place for Vera.
“You have to review them annually to get them transmitted, and they didn’t because of the corona virus,” Chris said.
“The fact is that the company is dreaming of doing this to increase its profits in the midst of an epidemic.
“We’re really stuck for words. It’s just a complete bomb.”
Like thousands of families across the country, the last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for their family because no one was allowed to go to Vera.
He says the news that he will have to leave is a double blow, as Vera had a very good relationship with one of the other occupants of the house.
“Vera has been single all her life and has befriended a man who is 12 years younger and has taken care of her,” Dennis added.
“Because her dementia has taken over, she’s really taken care of it. It’s very sad for the two of them to be separated.
“The pressure on families with dementia is unbelievable.
“Ethically, it should not be allowed for a large company to buy and replace a purpose-built care home in the community and evict everyone.”
Karen McCaffrey’s 92-year-old grandfather, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s, is one of 24 residents who have been told they need to leave home.
Mr McCaffrey wrote in response to the announcement on Facebook: “He is in a wheelchair because he cannot walk and does not even know his name.
“He will not be able to avoid this move because most of the other residents are not.
“We understand that this is an offensive way of dealing with our elderly family members.”
A spokesman for the home-run Equality Healthcare said: “From the beginning of taking over Peel in 2020, our plan has always been to improve and enhance the delivery of services and facilities, the care of the elderly in a modern world.” To create
“All parties were aware of these plans before the occupation.
“We want to reassure families that Peel’s renovation job is not to turn the service into a young adult mental health unit, but to provide a state-of-the-art, epidemic facility for seniors called Whitton. Shaving benefits the community and beyond reach.
“Equality Healthcare has held several meetings with stakeholders since the occupation, most recently at home on Thursday, August 5, 2021.
At the meeting, the families were informed that the ongoing construction work would require the closure of two units and the residents of these wards to return home safely.
“While we understand that this move may be a nuisance to our service users and families, we have made it a condition that we do not impose a time frame on relocation.
“Instead, each resident is assigned an individual social worker who will work with our in-house teams to help them find the best possible service to suit their individual care needs.”
“Equality Healthcare advised all families present at the August 5 meeting to welcome a one-on-one meeting with the registered manager for further discussion.
“We look forward to reopening our state-of-the-art facilities in 2022 and providing world-class services to the elderly communities of Whiten Shea and Greater Manchester.”
Joanna Mudgli, executive member of Manchester Council’s health and wellness department, said: “We know that the Peel Care Home needs to be relocated so that the building can be built and renovated.
“Residents and their families were briefed at a meeting last week and we will work with care providers and residents’ families to make sure we get them back in the next four to six weeks. Appropriate, alternative housing. Moving to a new home is as smooth as possible.
“Our priority is and will always be the high quality care of our residents.”