Home closure distresses us

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I HAVE have lived in Kirkhill Residential Care Home for the past seven years. We residents were all well aware that Kirkhill Resource Centre, which consisted of the the care home, Kirklees Day Centre and Brooklees Day Hospital was due to close at some point.

I HAVE have lived in Kirkhill Residential Care Home for the past seven years. We residents were all well aware that Kirkhill Resource Centre, which consisted of the the care home, Kirklees Day Centre and Brooklees Day Hospital was due to close at some point.

Although the building was only opened by the late Queen Mother in August of 1958, it has already been declared too expensive to maintain and to bring up to standards now demanded of residential homes.

We have now been told that closure is set for September 30, so residents are being helped to find new accommodation, the day centre and hospital have been relocated and staff are job hunting.

Naturally, everyone is upset. Kirkhill was a wonderful home and the carers were like family. Some residents have already found homes suited to their needs, whereas others have yet to find homes. Also, some staff have been lucky, and others, equally well qualified, have yet to find suitable positions.

It’s tragic that Kirkhill, which was providing first class services should have to close, distressing many elderly people at having to move from the home they love.

Maureen Atkin, Kirkhill

Residential Care Home, S8

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