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‘Tragic’: Former staff member speaks out after care home closure in Gerrards Cross

 Published on: 19th March 2024   |   By: Amy Pollard   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents and staff have shared their grief after a beloved care home in Gerrards Cross closed its doors for good.

Chiltern House was a residential care home for 22 adults with complex needs operated by charity Leonard Cheshire.

Despite fierce opposition from residents, staff, volunteers and families, the last resident moved out of Chiltern House on Tuesday, February 13.

Former care worker Kym Cahill, who spearheaded the campaign against the closure, states that several younger residents have been moved into homes that are primarily for the elderly and those with dementia. One former resident, aged 40, who has cerebral palsy, has told a family member that they are surrounded all day by dementia sufferers.

Kym said: “Most tragically, 22 disabled people have been rehomed, away from each other, carers and volunteers that knew them.”

A spokesperson for Leonard Cheshire said: “The process following our decision to close was that authority commissioners agreed moves with individuals and families, after council assessments – we had no role in these decisions, just supporting with visits to potential homes as requested.”

A spokesperson for Buckinghamshire Council said: “Buckinghamshire Council is working with Leonard Cheshire and other placing authorities to ensure that plans are in place for all Chiltern House residents who will require alternative accommodation. We aim to support our residents’ wellbeing throughout this process by working closely alongside them, their families and support networks.”

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