In an effort to save £24m the council had planned to close 2 care homes and relocate those residents to Marrow House which currently specialises in dementia care. This move would then have forced those dementia sufferers to move out and into the private sector.
A campaign started by families of those residents at Marrow House which culminated in a signed letter to the council has forced a U-turn and the council have now confirmed that the current residents may stay. The home will not be open to new residents from April.
The city councils Labour leader Mohammed Pervez commented ‘after liaising with our communities’ and ‘actively listening to their concerns’ the council decided that the residents could stay at Marrow House.
He also confirmed that ‘Ninety-seven per cent of adult care (in the Stoke-on-Trent area) is actually provided by the independent care sector’