Care home closure the first of many tough choices

Mitchell House in Canford Heath

Mitchell House in Canford Heath

First published in Opinion

TO govern is to choose.

And there are plenty of tough choices to be made in local government these days.

Mitchell House is one of them.

It has been a much loved care home in Canford Heath for decades.

But it’s old, becoming harder to maintain and unable to provide a suitable environment for modern caring. Local councils are under long term financial pressure. They are also facing up the demands of a social care timebomb, an ageing population.

Mitchell House is just one of many hard decisions coming down the line.

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1:33pm Tue 29 Apr 14

pintsize says...

What a miserable excuse you offer. You are clearly a big supporter of Cameron's austerity drive and probably a big supporter of his Big Society. Perhaps you would like unqualified and unpaid volunteers to look after the most vulnerable people in our society.

With a bit of investment in the building from a multi million pound profiteering company this tragedy would never have occured and the company cant be that hard strapped for cash. They have just built a new home up the road and they will be charging social services hundreds of pounds per client extra - so actually its gonna cost the tax payers more in the long run. And that is only a secondary concern to the emotional distress this will cause the residents.

This is a politically motivated stitch up - between the tories and their friends in the private healthcare sector and it stinks.

Shame on you for justifying this travesty. I wonder if you are actually one of the scurrilous councellors who formulated this disgraceful policy in the first place?
What a miserable excuse you offer. You are clearly a big supporter of Cameron's austerity drive and probably a big supporter of his Big Society. Perhaps you would like unqualified and unpaid volunteers to look after the most vulnerable people in our society. With a bit of investment in the building from a multi million pound profiteering company this tragedy would never have occured and the company cant be that hard strapped for cash. They have just built a new home up the road and they will be charging social services hundreds of pounds per client extra - so actually its gonna cost the tax payers more in the long run. And that is only a secondary concern to the emotional distress this will cause the residents. This is a politically motivated stitch up - between the tories and their friends in the private healthcare sector and it stinks. Shame on you for justifying this travesty. I wonder if you are actually one of the scurrilous councellors who formulated this disgraceful policy in the first place? pintsize
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1:51pm Tue 29 Apr 14

pintsize says...

Why was my reply to this shabby opinion deleted? It wasnt offensive - just honest. Dont like anti-tory opinions daily echo?
Why was my reply to this shabby opinion deleted? It wasnt offensive - just honest. Dont like anti-tory opinions daily echo? pintsize
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1:52pm Tue 29 Apr 14

pintsize says...

Thank you - thats better....
Thank you - thats better.... pintsize
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10:55am Wed 30 Apr 14

bella99 says...

Well said pintsize...the truth is. Councils all over the country are trying to save money by closing council run care homes which means families at home who cant cope have to put their family member in a private home which cost over £1000 a week. Poole borough are topping up mitchell house residents when they move to the potteries. £900 per week the council are paying for these people compared to the £ 550 they were paying at mitchell house. They have a contract just for these residents. After they eventually pass away the council won't allow this much funding for future residents who qualify for it. These private companies pay their carers £7 roughly per hr , day and night whilst the fat man on top gets richer and richer making money out of people's misery. People can't afford to put their loved one's in private care homes . This is why places like the potteries still have plenty of rooms. This is the thanks our elderly get for fighting wars, paying taxes and working hard all their lives. Its time people stood up to these council bullies and voted each and everyone out in the next election. I see there is a petition to save the home online. I for one have signed it and will be helping them fight for the elderly.
Well said pintsize...the truth is. Councils all over the country are trying to save money by closing council run care homes which means families at home who cant cope have to put their family member in a private home which cost over £1000 a week. Poole borough are topping up mitchell house residents when they move to the potteries. £900 per week the council are paying for these people compared to the £ 550 they were paying at mitchell house. They have a contract just for these residents. After they eventually pass away the council won't allow this much funding for future residents who qualify for it. These private companies pay their carers £7 roughly per hr , day and night whilst the fat man on top gets richer and richer making money out of people's misery. People can't afford to put their loved one's in private care homes . This is why places like the potteries still have plenty of rooms. This is the thanks our elderly get for fighting wars, paying taxes and working hard all their lives. Its time people stood up to these council bullies and voted each and everyone out in the next election. I see there is a petition to save the home online. I for one have signed it and will be helping them fight for the elderly. bella99
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