Carole Regan says consultation over Harbourne Residential Care Home 'a sham'

Carole and Tony Regan

Carole and Tony Regan

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

TIME is running out for a campaigning couple battling to save a residential home from closure.

Carole Regan’s husband Tony, whose dementia was diagnosed five years ago, uses the day centre at Harbourne Residential Care Home in Wibsey.

If the home shuts in a move designed to save £300,000, they and other relatives of users are worried they will be left without proper support.

The threatened closure has prompted petitions and an e-petition which have so far attracted more than 600 signatures from people who want to keep it open.

But campaigners said their fight was being hampered by the limited time they have been given to respond to the consultation.

Many families claim they have not been given the full three-month notice period to respond and the Regans, who have both previously worked as care managers specialising in dementia, are among them.

Harbourne’s consultation ends on September 9 and people say they have been promised individual meetings with the Council’s adult and community service before that date to discuss the situation and their needs.

But when Mrs Regan, 65, of Frensham Grove, got a letter inviting them to a meeting – it arrived four days too late.

Another meeting was then arranged but cancelled by social services, meaning Mr and Mrs Regan are still waiting for a new date.

“Time is against us and we still haven’t had our meeting. It’s a sham. We want to have a say in how all this works out for us and others like us. It is short-sighted of Bradford Council to shut this facility. I want to keep Tony at home with me as long as we can.

“This should be encouraged by the Council otherwise they will have problems on their hands in the future. Dementia is on the increase, they will be over-burdened with resources and costs even more if they don’t provide day centre facilities.”

After being contacted by the Telegraph & Argus, Lyn Sowray, Bradford Council’s assistant director integration and transition, said: “We are aware that Mrs Regan is wanting to meet with officers from Bradford District Care Trust and Adults and Communities and an appointment has been agreed.

“The consultation period formally ends on September 9, but late submissions will be accepted and taken into account.”

The home, along with Neville Grange in Shipley and Holme View in Holme Wood, has been threatened with closure previously. In January 2013, the Council’s executive confirmed those homes would not close until alternative plans were in place.

Since then, Neville Grange has been closed and demolished with an Extra Care facility earmarked for the site. Holme View is still open – though its future might also be subject to a public consultation.

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6:27pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Mel Janney says...

I think that its disgraceful that this and so many homes are closing down, preventing families from getting respite and giving them a much needed break from caring from their loved ones, which helps to give them support and 'timeout', so they have the energy to continue caring for their loved one in their own homes. The council are very short sighted in there approach, trying to save money on closing homes now will only result in families in time reaching crisis point and needing permanent full time care, costing the more money in the long run and splitting families/loved ones which cause heartache.
My Aunty and Uncle featured in the article are devoted to each other and them and others deserve to be treated with respect, care and dignity, the council should be ashamed of its self.
I think that its disgraceful that this and so many homes are closing down, preventing families from getting respite and giving them a much needed break from caring from their loved ones, which helps to give them support and 'timeout', so they have the energy to continue caring for their loved one in their own homes. The council are very short sighted in there approach, trying to save money on closing homes now will only result in families in time reaching crisis point and needing permanent full time care, costing the more money in the long run and splitting families/loved ones which cause heartache. My Aunty and Uncle featured in the article are devoted to each other and them and others deserve to be treated with respect, care and dignity, the council should be ashamed of its self. Mel Janney
  • Score: 8

7:50pm Sat 30 Aug 14

harry2611 says...

My dad is in Harbourne for the last 11 week's for an assessment we have now got to find him a home which we have not found him anywhere which will expect him and we now having to look at the other side of Bradford or Keighley. He would like to stay and we wish he could stay at Harbourne but there not expecting anybody full-time.
My dad is in Harbourne for the last 11 week's for an assessment we have now got to find him a home which we have not found him anywhere which will expect him and we now having to look at the other side of Bradford or Keighley. He would like to stay and we wish he could stay at Harbourne but there not expecting anybody full-time. harry2611
  • Score: 1
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