‘We don’t want to be carted to Corby’

The Grange Care Home
The Grange Care Home

The Grange care home on Staverton Road will close and its residents will be moved to Longlands on the Danetre Hospital site.

The decision was made at a Northamptonshire County Council cabinet meeting on Tuesday after councillors heard that the Grange building was ‘not fit for purpose’.

Over the past few months the Daventry Express has reported fears from residents and councillors that moving 24 residents into Longlands would mean services would be cut. Cllr Wendy Randall, who opposed the closure, said she was saddened by the decision.

She said: “I am really disappointed. I knew the closure was a done deal but it’s a real concern for me because we are an ageing population and we don’t want to be carted out to Corby for care.

“Longlands will lose 15 respite beds and all 24 rehab beds so when people are recovering from something like a stroke their families will have to make that trip out to Corby to see them and it’s far to travel.”

At the meeting Cllr Mary Butcher said Daventry’s elderly population could grow by as much as 150 per cent in the next 20 years.

Other councillors commented that the decision was a sensitive one as many of the Grange residents had lived there for years.

Councillor Suresh Patel said extensive consultation had taken place to ensure concerns about the closure were heard. He said he personally attended many consultation events.

He added: “There have been some concerns about moving residents from one care home to another but I would like to assure you that every care will be taken when transferring the residents to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.”

Several councillors praised the consultation process that had gone on since July.