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Elderly abandon Durham care home amid building concerns
ELDERLY people are abandoning a council-run care home amid problems over its roof and floors.
Many residents of Cheveley House, a 36-bed Durham County Council residential home in Belmont, on the outskirts Durham City, have moved out and into alternative accommodation.
One source claimed they had been told to leave, but the council denied this.
Nick Whitton, Durham County Council’s head of commissioning for adult services, said many residents had decided to leave to “avoid uncertainty over their future”.
In a statement, Mr Whitton said: “There are problems with the roof and floors at Cheveley House, which are causing further issues with the fabric of the building.
“We have taken steps to ensure that residents and staff are safe and have been monitoring the situation closely while work is carried out to understand the exact nature of the problems and what would be needed to remedy the effects.”
He continued: “We have been keeping residents, their families and carers fully informed about what is happening and, as a result, many of the 16 residents have decided to move in order to avoid any uncertainty over their future. We are helping them make those moves safely.”
Cheveley House survived a round of closures in 2010 which saw seven care homes axed in a bid to save £35m.
At the time, council chiefs said they would explore a new short-term care role for the facility.
But the council website still lists the services available at Cheveley House as including long stay, along with intermediate care, respite care, emergency stay and short stay.
The facility, which stands in its own grounds, now has 24 residential beds, eight intermediate care beds and four respite or assessment beds.
Its web page says: “Staff are dedicated, caring and committed to providing a high standard of care and the pleasant atmosphere at Cheveley House give a home-from-home feeling, ensuring that residents enjoy their stay as much as possible.”
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