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Two care homes in Kent to close

Two care homes in Kent are set to close after councillors recommended shutting them.

The future of the Dorothy Lucy Centre in Maidstone and Kiln Court in Faversham had been hanging in the balance.

Today councillors decided care and day services at both sites would be phased out.

Officials say those using the centres will be able to use facilities elsewhere.

Dorothy Lucy Centre in Maidstone could close under council proposals Credit: ITV Meridian

“I would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation and the comments we received resulted in changes being made to our proposals. Following our considerations, we are confident that alternative, quality services for people using the Dorothy Lucy Centre in Maidstone and Kiln Court in Faversham will be secured.

“People are living longer, with more complex needs. They want to remain at home with dignity and they rightly expect more choice in their care. These homes, because of their age and condition, will very soon be no longer fit-for-purpose to meet these changing needs.

"As a result, we have concluded that the closure of these facilities, and securing the provision of alternative care, is the best outcome for the wellbeing of older people in these communities.”

– Graham Gibbens, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health


Nurse who managed notorious Orchid View care home is struck off

Former Nurse manager at Orchid View manager struck off

The nurse who ran the Orchid View care home in Sussex, where neglect contributed to the deaths of five people, has been struck off.

Nirmala Read has been struck off by the Nursing & Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council heard Nirmala Read. falsified and shredded the records of a patient who suffered a stroke. Jean Halfpenny had been given three times the correct amount of medication. Mrs Read did not attend the hearing. She has twenty eight days to appeal the decision.

100 year old Violet is threatened with court action over care home fees

A 100-year-old grandmother is being threatened with legal action over a disputed nursing home bill. This report by John Ryall includes an interview with Violet Davies's grandson Dean Davies

Threatened with court action at 100 years old

A 100-year-old grandmother is being threatened with legal action over a disputed nursing home bill.

Violet Davies, from Seaford, who's blind and deaf, has been given two weeks to pay nine thousand pounds - or be taken to court.

Her family have described the council officials who issued the threat as "heartless".

But East Sussex County Council say they're not convinced Mrs Davies is unable to pay. John

Violet Davies faces eviction Credit: ITV News Meridian


Murder investigation at care home after death of 96-year-old woman

Police are treating the pensioner's death as suspicious Credit: Meridian

A care home is at the centre of a murder investigation following the death of a 96-year-old woman resident.

Detectives said that they were treating the death of elderly Ethel Baldwin at the Abbey House Care Home, as suspicious. Today a 36-year-old woman was being held in the police cells after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

The investigation was launched after Ethel died at the home in Netley Abbey, Hants., on 13 September.

A post mortem examination examination was carried out on Tuesday.

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Bernard's back!

He went on the run from his care home in Sussex and sparked a police alert. But Normandy veteran Bernard Jordan has now arrived back home in Hove - to a hero's welcome. He'd made his own way to the D-Day commemorations after missing an official trip across the Channel.

This report by David Johns, which starts with flash photography, features Bernard Jordan describing his trip.

Concerns over care home under threat of closure

Families who have relatives at a dementia care home in Poole, which is facing closure, say they're worried about the effect the upheaval could have on their loved ones. Mitchell House, which has 80 staff and 45 residents, is set to close in the summer.

Relatives have begun a petition campaign to try and save it. Poole Council says the buildings need modernising and moving the residents elsewhere will save £107,000 a year.

ITV Meridian spoke to Teresa Blake, the niece of a resident at the care home.

Hampshire care homes threatened with closure.

Today the relatives of dozens of vulnerable, elderly people made a last ditch attempt to prevent four of the south's care homes from closing.

Hampshire County Council want to close Deeside in Basingstoke - along with Bulmer House in Petersfield and two other homes in Romsey and in the New Forest. It would mean 121 residents would be evicted and 190 people would lose their jobs.

The council claims it would cost 10 million pounds to bring the homes up to modern standards. But campaigners say the needs of relatives must be a priority. From Winchester, Juliette Fletcher reports.

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