CLAY CROSS: Anger over care home cash boost

Twins Gary and Eric Green battled to keep their mum in the care home.
Twins Gary and Eric Green battled to keep their mum in the care home.
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Managers are investing £1m into a care home – months after scores of vulnerable pensioners were forced to leave because of funding cuts.

In May, cash-strapped bosses at the Old Vicarage in Clay Cross stopped providing nursing care at the home because of NHS cutbacks – meaning 20 elderly patients had to move to alternative accommodation.

Now, the home has announced a £1m boost to increase the number of beds and facilities for residents who require dementia care.

Gary Green, whose 87-year-old mother Carrie had to move to another home, said: “So one minute they say they don’t have enough money and show all those elderly folk the door then the next minute they’re splashing the cash.

“It’s just disgusting.”

Mr Green said the move had been “very traumatic” for his mother.

“She’s never been right since,” he added.

Dave Lock, managing director at the Old Vicarage, defended the funding boost, which will come from social services and not the NHS.

He said: “When the work is completed the Old Vicarage will viably provide an excellent service and care in one of the best homes in the United Kingdom.

“The lives of our current and future residents will be greatly improved.”

Mr Lock added that it was a “very tough decision” to discontinue nursing care at the Stretton Road home.

He added: “We deeply regret the effects this had on the nursing residents and staff who had to leave. However, we had no alternative because the NHS cut their fees massively and we were losing money every week.”