Care home residents must have their say

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Residents of publicly run care homes, and their families, must be involved in all decisions about their future, the Patient and Client Council (PCC) has said.

Speaking after news of a fresh consultation by the Health and Social Care Board on the new process approved for the future of Statutory Residential Care Homes, Patient and Client Council’s Louise Skelly said: “Residents and their families must be involved in all decisions about their future care in a meaningful way and we welcome the plan to involve people in designing the criteria to be used by the Trusts when deciding the future of each Statutory Residential Care Home.

“People need to have their say in this consultation process and the Patient and Client Council will help residents and their families to do this.”

Mrs Skelly added: “If anyone has a concern or complaint concerning any healthcare issue we have a dedicated team of Patient Client Support Officers who will assist them in raising their concerns with the leaders and decision-makers in healthcare in Northern Ireland. People can contact us on 0800 917 0222.”

Thackeray Place care home in Limavady is under threat of closure, but last Monday local councillors met with Fionnuala McAndrew from the Health and Social Care Board, who is tasked with overseeing the review the future of statutory residential care homes.

After the meeting, Limavady Council said: “Councillors present at the meeting stressed their view that Thackeray Place was an excellent facility in which the residents were very happy and their hope the facility would be available to continue to provide its service for those who needed it in Limavady in the future.”