ROCHDALE MP Simon Danczuk has urged the charity behind a disability care home on the brink of closure to do all it can to keep its doors open.
Honresfeld Leonard Cheshire Care Home in Littleborough, which cares for 22 people with long-term disabilities, is set to close - citing the mounting cost of wages and building maintenance.
Patients and relatives were left distraught when they were told the home would close at short notice, with the original closure date set for the end of next month.
After an intervention from Mr Danczuk the date has been pushed back to the beginning of May, but the MP believes Leonard Cheshire Disability must do more to find a long-term solution.
While visiting the home, Mr Danczuk was “taken aback” by the praise from patients and their families for nurses who “go to all sorts of extra efforts for those under their care”.
The MP suggested one way to keep the home open would be to turn Honresfeld into a hub of excellence for Greater Manchester.
He said: “The closure of the care home is a real tragedy, particularly as residents and staff were given such short notice.
“Postponing the closure will give relatives the much needed extra time to make alternative arrangements for their family members, but there is still much more to be done.
“I have spoken to officials at Rochdale Council who believe the home could still be financially viable.
“The excellent level of care at Honresfeld is a success story for Rochdale and Leonard Cheshire Disability should be looking to build on that success.
“With the opportunities offered by regional devolution, there is a real chance to invest in expansion at Honresfeld and turn it into a hub of excellence for the whole of Greater Manchester.
“By ignoring this opportunity and choosing to cash in on the property value of the home, Leonard Cheshire Disability risk leaving a sour taste in the mouths of Rochdale residents.”
Photo: Simon Danczuk meets resident Steven Parkhill during a visit to Honresfeld Leonard Cheshire Care Home in Littleborough.