Norfolk home finally closes

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A council owned Norfolk care home is finally to close, after a debate on its future lasting more than a year. Norfolk County Council will close Dennyholme in Diss and transfer residents to a nearby sheltered housing scheme. Refurbishment of the home would have cost an estimated £700,000. The relocation had originally been agreed in October 2000 but in July the new Conservative administration froze the transfer while it conducted a county-wide review of residential homes. Jill Caldwell, Liberal Democrat councillor for Diss was critical of the Council¹s performance. “For months the future of Dennyholme has been shrouded in uncertainty, giving rise to substantial anxiety among both residents and staff,” Cllr Caldwell said. “Moving is a big upheaval ­ there are enough insecurities about it, without the Council administration adding to them through indecisiveness.” Conservative councillor Ron Johnson said he also found the recommendation hard to accept. “It will mean that we lose 22 beds. For 27 years staff and

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