Kidderminster-based MEP James Carver is "delighted" the town’s rehabilitation centre, The Grange, has been saved - four months after he first brought the closure plan to the attention of the public.
Worcestershire County Council has this week announced that five rehabilitation beds will be retained, and the remainder of the facility used for long term residential dementia care.
Closure plans hit the headlines in October when Mr Carver, a West Midlands UKIP MEP, slammed the proposal to shut the centre in Sutton Park Road, which he described as a “lifeline for people returning to independent living”.
Today he said: “It was a ridiculous idea to close The Grange at a time when the NHS is crying out for an end to bed blocking by elderly people who still need care, but not hospital treatment.
“I hope five beds is sufficient to meet the needs of those who require care and rehabilitation before moving back to their own homes – that is something that needs close monitoring.
“I’m pleased the centre will also be used to look after people with dementia, which, sadly, with an ageing population, is a growing problem and an area in great need of more services.
“I’m also glad other political parties in the town followed our initiative in calling for the closure plan to be rejected and that local Conservatives saw the insanity of their own party’s proposal.”
Closure-threatened Kidderminster care home to be kept open as dementia unit
A KIDDERMINSTER care home that faced the threat of closure is to be retained as a specialist dementia care unit.