Home closure forces elderly to find care

ELDERLY people in Boston are being forced to find new day care facilities ahead of the closure of a care home in the town.

Ingelow Manor was earmarked for closure by Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) last year, and is set to close at the end of the month.

It will leave around 60 people who use the Rowley Road facility for day care and respite needing to find alternative services.

The county council claims it has ensured there are sufficient other options provided in the area for people who currently use the 20-bed Ingelow Manor.

Richard Collins, head of commissioning for adult social care, said: “We understand it could be hard for some people who have used the home for many years, but are doing everything we can to make sure these changes take place as smoothly as possible. The care provided has been excellent, but what we are closing in Boston and elsewhere in the county are old, outdated homes – both the current and future generations of residents deserve better.”

Ingelow Manor is one of eight homes which are to be closed by the council.

When the closure was announced earlier this year service-users and relatives made impassioned calls for it to remain open.

Richard Barclay, chief executive for Boston and South Holland, said: “This closure has been a nightmare for the clients who have been going to the centre for years. We do have availability in our centres, but there is an issue with capacity. I think it will get tighter and tighter.”