YOU CAN HELP SAVE MURRAY HOUSE CARE HOME

The Adults and Childrens Committee voted last week to close Murray House, despite the previous Liberal Democrat administration promising that residents in Murray would ‘not be asked to move again’.

For more background, go to the other article relating to Murray House published last week.

RESIDENTS HAVE A CHANCE TO FORCE THE COUNCIL TO REVIEW THIS DECISION.

For those who want to know why this decision should be reviewed:

  • The target date for closure is set for the winter period, which the Council has previously stated should be avoided for a care home closure.
  • All residents of Murray House and the overwhelming majority of consultation responses did not demonstrate support for the closure of Murray House.
  • The Council is not honouring its commitment. An undertaking was given by Council Leader Derek Osbourne at the People’s Services Committee in 2013, confirmed by Councillor Liz Green in 2015, that residents moving into Murray House from Newent House would not be expected to move again.
  • Closing Murray House has the potential to have an adverse impact on the health and wellbeing of the remaining residents.
  • The council failed to engage with the community on options surrounding Murray House, as they promised to do in 2015
  • MILAAP will be unable to offer its current level of service.

SIGN THE PETITION:

Community Call In: Murray House

  

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, HEREBY CALL IN THE ‘MURRAY HOUSE’ DECISION OF THE CHILDREN AND ADULT CARE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE, HELD ON 21ST JUNE, FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:

- THE TARGET DATE FOR CLOSURE IS SET FOR THE WINTER PERIOD WHICH THE COUNCIL HAS PREVIOUSLY STATED SHOULD BE AVOIDED FOR A CARE HOME CLOSURE 

- ALL RESIDENTS OF MURRAY HOUSE AND THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF CONSULTATION RESPONSES DO NOT DEMONSTRATE SUPPORT FOR THE CLOSURE OF MURRAY HOUSE

- THE COUNCIL IS NOT HONOURING ITS COMMITMENT. AN UNDERTAKING WAS GIVEN BY COUNCIL LEADER DEREK OSBOURNE AT PEOPLE’S SERVICES COMMITTEE IN 2013, CONFIRMED BY LIZ GREEN IN 2015, THAT RESIDENTS MOVING INTO MURRAY HOUSE FROM NEWENT HOUSE WOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO MOVE AGAIN 

- CLOSING MURRAY HOUSE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO HAVE AN ADVERSE IMPACT ON THE HEALTH & WELL-BEING OF THE REMAINING RESIDENTS

- WE DISPUTE THE CLAIM THAT RESIDENTIAL CARE DEMAND IS DECLINING, WITH A NUMBER OF PRIVATE CARE HOMES AREA (NON-DEMENTIA) IN THE AREA HAVING WAITING LISTS

- IN ITS FORMAL RECOMMENDATIONS, THE COMMITTEE FAILED TO INCLUDE MONITORING OF THE ADJUSTMENT PROCESS AFTER RELOCATION. FURTHERMORE THE AGREED 4 WEEK PERIOD FALLS SHORT OF GOOD PRACTICE GUIDANCE ON CHECKING OUTCOMES

- THE COUNCIL FAILED TO ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY ON OPTIONS AS PROMISED IN 2015

- MILAAP WILL BE UNABLE TO OFFER ITS CURRENT LEVEL OF SERVICE 

- FLAWED CONSULTATION, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A LEGAL CHALLENGE, OWING TO THE LACK OF INFORMATION AND CONTEXT SUPPLIED.

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8 thoughts on “YOU CAN HELP SAVE MURRAY HOUSE CARE HOME

  1. members of my family have used this place and being that places like Newent House and others have already been shut down where are our old folks going to go ? not all of them can stay in there own homes or have family to look after them .We will all get old at some stage and there will be nowhere for us to go .Our old folks fort wars to be treated so badly in old age

  2. My Mother Ellen Vinson was a resident at Murray House until her death in 2005 at the age of 93. In 2001 when my Father suddenly died my siblings and I started to look for a care home for Mum. The private ones we saw were totally inadequate to house elderly residents. We chose Murray House as staff were kind and caring and looked after Mum and to close it down now would be criminal. For once think of the elderly residents who live there and how confusing it will be for them to be moved. If you have compassion and a comscience you will not close Murray House.

  3. moving people from murray house can be very traumatic for them,also what will happen to the site,not another public asset flogged of to developers to make a vast profit at the expense of local people.jpj

  4. My mother was a resident at Murray house for six months in 2015. She unfortunately needed to move then to a nursing home for her needs. The staff were brilliant. The atmosphere good. We need homes like this in the area. It must not close down. Think how distressing it will be for the residents there if they have to move.

  5. I worked at Murray House as a carer for fifteen years. It was a lovely bright, homely and friendly place where residents were treated with upmost respect.
    I can’t believe the authorities say the premises are not suitable for today’s elderly needs.
    Just recently I have been visiting a gentleman in a private home and I’ve found the bedrooms are much smaller and the facilities were no way near as good as Murray Houses.
    The council must have their eyes on this prime sight for other use – typical underhandness

  6. My father spent a number of short respite stays at Murray House, and was always comfortable there, and enjoyed his stays. He was fully supportive of all of the staff, and appreciated their help. He spent his last days there, passing away in January. I am annoyed to hear of the decision to close the home on the grounds that there are too few residents. If proper funding for residential care was in place, this would not be an issue.

  7. Disgusting that this home is being forced to close. My mother went to Newent House in 2009 . This was closed and some of the residents including my mum went to Murray House. The trauma of moving when elderly is really upsetting. Now the residents are being ‘turfed’ out again. Murray House may not be ‘posh’ but the residents are treated with care, love , respect and their needs are more than met.My mum sadly died 2 years ago but Murray House was her ‘home’ in her final years. Let the remaining residents live in peace.

  8. It is sad to see that council is selling off all assets. There are residents can’t find suitable residential place There are carers cannot have a break as there is no affordable places available in the council homes eg Murray house . Council claiming home care is better , but there are shortfall of carers to continue this job,council is aware that this process is not working.
    Murray house is a lovely clean place , staff are very friendly, my aunt lived in the home and she enjoyed her stay. It is also attached to Millap the residents are able to attend and meet friends in Milaap. There are ageing population in the borough, I like to know what sort of activities for their health and well being ,you are planning to provide. The profit you are thinking is short lived.

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