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Families fear Northampton care home will close early

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A consultation on the closure of a charity-run care home for disabled people could cause it to close, campaigners have claimed.

Family members of the 26 people living at Hampton House, in Lumbertubs, said they were concerned about the a proposed closure, along with 10 other Scope properties, within the next three years.

But they fear a consultation will cause residents and staff to look around for alternatives.

Gill Robinson, the sister of a resident of Hampton House for 24 years, said: “It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

“We are in limboland so it will inevitably lead to residents and families looking for alternative accommodation and staff looking for alternative employment in case Hampton House does close.

“This means that when the time comes there may be fewer experienced staff and possibly fewer residents at Hampton House thereby making the decision to close much more likely.”

Shana Roe, area manager for Scope, said: “This is only a proposal, it is not even at the planning stage yet and I want to stress we are still talking to residents.

“It’s true that Hampton House is old fashioned and disabled people are telling us they want more control and choice and we can’t deny them that .”

Asked what would happen if all Hampton House residents said they wanted to stay, Mrs Roe said: “I don’t have an answer to that question.”

 

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