Honesty needed from Trust on future of Residential Care homes

30 08 2013

Rahmoyle

SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called for an honest response from the Northern Trust in relation to the future of Residential Care Homes.

Speaking after a BBC report  indicated that the Northern Trust were making care homes unsustainable by restricting admissions Councillor Cunningham who sits on the Rathmoyle Action Group and the Stakeholder Group said:

“The claim that the Trust were attempting to close care homes in an underhand way, needs an honest answer. I am alarmed by the drip feed of information mostly from media sources which is continuing to cause unnecessary distress to elderly citizens and their families.

“The Rathmoyle Action Group believes that Residential Services can and needs to be provided alongside the proposed supported living provision on the Rathmoyle site.”

 “Over the years, there have been reassurances from the Northern Trust that there would be clear and open consultation – these revelations fly in the face of that.”

 “We are talking about elderly people and there are too many unnecessary claims and counter-claims causing distress to the elderly residents and their families.”

 “The Health Minister and the Northern Trust need to reassure people that the care of the elderly will be approached with sensitivity and openness. The well-being of the elderly  must be central to  any decisions  regarding the future of Residential Care homes.”

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