Anglesey care home could close 'within three years'
30 January 2014 |
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RESIDENTS of an Anglesey Council-run care home have been left with an uncertain future after they were told it would close in three years time.
Members of Beaumaris Town Council claimed elderly occupants of Haulfre residential home were left "concerned", after social services representatives announced the home would be closed down by 2017.
It is claimed that residents could be re-housed into 40 independent units.
Town councillors condemned the move, while Seiriol county councillor Carwyn Jones has pledged to fight for the home's future.
Beaumaris town clerk, Professor Trevor Ashenden, said: "I have information to the effect that members of the social services department went to Haulfre and told residents that the intention was to close in three years' time."
Cllr Stan Zalot said: "I was talking to a lady who was there and they explained to them the home was closing, not straight away, but in three years' time.
"It was done like in a conference and a lot of people didn't understand them. they were quite concerned about the way it was done.
"They're talking about 40 independent units in the town."
Cllr Carwyn Jones said: "I'm very unhappy about the uncertainty surrounding Haulfre.
“Haulfre should be made the centre-point of care for the elderly in the Seiriol Ward and it should not be jeopardised.
"I want to see Haulfre stay open for the next 30 years, not three. We will do everything possible to ensure we fight for Haulfre's future.”
An Anglesey council spokesman said: "There are no plans to close Haulfre within 3 years.
"It is not expected that there will be any changes to the role of Haulfre in providing residential care over the next three years and there are no immediate plans to change commissioning arrangements in the Seiriol area."
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