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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

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Nurse who managed notorious Orchid View care home is struck off

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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
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