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Care home residents with dementia and learning difficulties are set to be evicted after Doncaster Council rubber stamped plans to close the facility.

Home Covert, in The Avenue, Bentley will be changed into an assessment unit for people leaving hospital in a bid to free up hospital beds.

The “change of use” will result in 28 vulnerable residents being forced to find a new home.

The move is set to save cash-strapped council bosses £1 million a year.

Speaking at an emotional cabinet meeting yesterday before a decision had been made Diane Field, sister of resident Christopher Beardsmore, warned moving people with dementia can be traumatic and in some cases result in death. 
She added; “This would be a wicked betrayal of duty of care.

“These are immoral actions against the most vulnerable groups of people.”

The plans, approved unanimously by cabinet members, will be implemented in a “phased” approach to allow the 28 residents to vacate the home within a longer timescale to enable more suitable placements to be made available.

The report states: “This option would mean the social care assessment unit would be introduced into Home Covert as each wing became available”

Doncaster Council says over 700 people have benefitted from the assessment units.

Councillor Pat Knight, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “We want to avoid people being in hospital or other care services for longer than is needed.

“This would help us develop a service that has shown positive results and widen our support services further in the borough. Offering people a greater choice of support is vital if we are to meet the challenges of a growing and ageing population in the years ahead.

“Creating a new base for all the units would mean many more people can benefit from this successful service.

“Any move to new homes would not be rushed, every care would be taken to ensure we work together to find homes that will meet people’s needs.”

She added: “This proposal is part of the council’s plan to modernise adult services as we work with our partners in the NHS to ensure speedy and appropriate discharges from hospital. It also enables people to maximise their abilities to allow them to stay in their own homes for as long as possible.”

During the consultation period in which a petition was put together challenging the plans, mayor Ros Jones explained how part of the £1 million saving would come from moving the unit, currently based at Tickhill Road Hospital, as council bosses would no longer have to pay Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust for use of its site.

Ian Carpenter, of Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, said the new unit would be used mainly by people with fractures.




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