Battle to save Boston Spa care home

Save Primrose Hill Care Home campaigners.  (130225M3e)
Save Primrose Hill Care Home campaigners. (130225M3e)

Families fighting to stop the closure of a Boston Spa care home have stepped up their campaign this week.

Relatives of residents at Primrose Hill Care Home have rallied together to set up a petition in a bid to save the Leeds City Council-owned care home from closure.

The purpose-built residential home is one of six care homes across the city earmarked for closure by Leeds City Council, who need to save 59.4 million due to government cuts.

The group - currently made up of around 30 relatives of Primrose Hill residents - was set up last Thursday.

Spokesman David Morton, whose 96-year-old father-in-law, Arthur Ellis, has lived at the care home for last three years, told the Wetherby News: “My wife Angela is very distressed as she is not just worried about her father now but also now worried about his home.

“We are determined to get in front of the top decision makers at Leeds City Council and stop this closure.

“It is not just because of the families in there today but also for the people who might go in next year and those of us in the general community who may have to go into a care home at some stage of our life.”

Mr Morton said the care home, which he describes as “excellent” is known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ in Boston Spa because of the high standard of care it provides.

A number of elderly residents at the home, which looks after 33 people, had not been told about the plans as they would find it too “distressing,” he said.

Mr Morton added: “The home is a significant local resource in terms of care and employment.

“Closure would significantly disrupt large numbers of people and given the poor local supply of care facilities, this would result in a reduction of quality of care for the residents.”

The group are now using social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to publicise their campaign, as well as the petition, which will be handed to Leeds City Council bosses at the end of the consultation.

A statement from Leeds City Council said the consultation on Primrose Hill will start onMarch 11, and will run for 12 weeks.

It stated: “We welcome all comments and feedback from residents and their families and carers, and these will be used to inform recommendations that will go to the council’s executive board later this year when a final decision will be made.

”We understand that older people and their families will feel anxious about the future of their care homes, and we would like to assure them that everyone’s views will be listened to - and heard.”

A further meeting to discuss the ‘Save Primrose Hill’ campaign will be held at the care home on March 7 at 7pm.