Answers on closure of care home

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A public meeting detailing the reasons behind the closure of a long-standing residential home in Lakenheath will take place in the village tomorrow.

The meeting, which has been arranged by Colin Noble, county councillor for 
Lakenheath, will look into the closure of the Lakenheath 
Village Care Home, which shut its doors for good in December.

News of the Back Street home closing first came about in October when families of residents living at the site were told they had just 90 days to find alternative accommodation for their loved ones.

“I think everyone is sad that the home has closed and clearly it is a great loss to our community,” said Cllr Noble.

“However, times change and things like en-suite toilet facilities and space to manoeuvre modern support hoists, as well as the sheer number of staff now demanded by the regulators make such small, but loved, homes unsustainable.

“The meeting tomorrow will be an opportunity for trustees to explain the decision they took and their future role in the community. “

In addition to explanations being given as to why the 21-bed home, which was first opened in 1986, saw its popular service stopped, the meeting will also see discussions take place surrounding what the future hold for residential care in the village.

“The meeting will also enable me to discuss with those that attend what we want in the future to take care of the needs of our older residents,” said Cllr Noble.

“It will allow me to discuss how the complex care systems work, discuss care facilities in the area in general and future plans I am lobbying for Lakenheath and what realistically we can achieve.”

Tomorrow’s meeting will take place at Lakenheath Village Hall, High Street, at 7pm.