Thackeray rally needs public support to save care home

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Staff at Thackeray Place in Limavady hope the public and families of residents will get behind them tomorrow as they take their fight to save the care home from closure to the streets, writes Sheena Jackson.

Since the ‘Journal’ broke the news of the threat to Thackeray earlier this year, staff have been vigorously campaigning to keep it open.

“Thackeray is such an important place in the community. It’s a big part of Limavady,” said one worker.

“Since we heard the news earlier this year, residents have been worried sick and if they had to move to another home they would be devastated,” said the worker.

The worker said currently the residential care home is full, and has been for a long time. Presently, there are 29 permanent residents at Thackeray, with an additional three respite places occupied.

The worker said comments by Health Minister Edwin Poots at the North/South Ministerial meeting were heartening, but said the fight must continue in the meantime.

“We really need the community to get behind us tomorrow and show that support is strong for Thackeray. It’s a home away from home for our residents and, even now, it’s got to the stage where residents’ families want to come here,” said the worker.

Minister Poots said the review of care homes process “is not about forcing people out of their home”, but “improving the lives of older people and giving them a wider range of options”.

Referring to the previous review, Mr. Poots accepted older people in residential care were not treated with “respect and decorum”.

He added: “And I do not wish for that failure to happen again.”