Help the elderly fight shock eviction and address the national care crisis

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This is 89 year old Ann, my mum’s best friend at Kemp Lodge Nursing Home, where they and 27 other vulnerable residents have been told they must vacate their home in the New Year. 

Ann is worried that she won’t survive the ordeal and has pleaded to stay; “If they close our home many of us won’t be here next year."

Two of our residents have already been moved three times because of closures. Care homes across the country are closing down at an alarming rate with numbers soaring to 148 last year. Figures show that 58 councils have seen residential and nursing homes go out business within a six month period.

I started this petition to save Kemp Lodge and to ask CIC (the charity that owns the Home) to work with the Local Authority in order to seek alternative solutions to closure. Our campaign group is convinced that with the right approach a new owner can be found.

My mum has dementia and it took a long time for her to settle into Kemp Lodge. It was extremely distressing watching her struggle to adapt but now she is happy surrounded by friends like Ann.  Maintaining a familiar environment and routine is a vital part of dementia care and even minor changes cause immense confusion and anxiety.

When relatives are told a care home is no longer financially viable it leaves them devastated and heartbroken knowing their loved ones will suffer as a result. Staff are equally distressed at being separated from those for whom they genuinely care.

We call on the CEO and the Trustees of the charity (CIC) that run the home to reverse this critical decision and find a way of keeping these vulnerable elderly people in their home. 

This could be your loved one. Please sign our petition and help put pressure on the key decision makers to find a feasible and sustainable plan to keep Kemp Lodge care home open

Together we can stop this happening

This recent BBC interview featuring two of the affected families highlights the human cost of this decision.

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