‘Let us live in peace’ – resident, 95 of threatened Newport home

South Wales Argus: HAPPY AT HOME: Resident of Hillside, Gaer, Newport, Terry Keating HAPPY AT HOME: Resident of Hillside, Gaer, Newport, Terry Keating

A MAN living in a city residential home under threat of closure says its residents should be left to live their lives in peace.

Terry Keating, 95, lived on the Gaer until 2012, when he had to give up his home and moved into Hillside care home on Gaer Road.

He was told that his mobility meant he didn't qualify for a place within an Extracare scheme - which council officers now want to replace Hillside with.

In a letter to be given to the council, Mr Keating said he feels safe and secure at the home.

He writes: "Let the people of Hillside live this last chapter of their lives in peace - we deserve it."

Mr Keating, who lived on the Gaer for 61 years and has been a chairman and treasurer of the Ebbw Bridge Club Committee, said his life has always been part of the Gaer community.

He said: "In 2012 I had to give up my home that was filled with memories of a happy marriage because my mobility would no longer allow me to access my toilet or bathroom.

"After being told that my mobility didn't qualify for place within Extracare I chose to remain and live on the Gaer and was given a new home in Hillside.

"I am safe and secure here in the knowledge that should my mental health become poor there are trained staff to recognise this and help me.

"I'm happy at Hillside and I am care for by the staff above and beyond belief.

"I have no intention of losing my dignity, privacy or my home again, because the council think that they can push me around because I'm 95-years-old."

Shutting Hillside Care Home is one of the proposals in Newport council is consulting on for its draft budget for 2013/14.

But the council says it would not close until the 2015/16 financial year if the proposals are accepted.

Officers want to replace it with an Extracare scheme - where residents would become tenants in especially adapted properties with 24/7 care.

Residents may be offered another residential home if there is a vacancy. Those who aren't suitable would be allocated a social worker to ensure appropriate accommodation is found.

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9:06am Sat 12 Jan 13

sugar2002ukuk says...

Absolutely shameful the majority of these residents are there because they cannot look after themselves. I also have my doubts on the 24/7 care they claim would be provided in a self contained unit. Sitting alone all day is no good for anyone. I'm finding this so shocking more and more Newport City Council seem to not care about the elderly and vulnerable in Newport. If these residents were suitable for extra care they would have been assessed before they entered Hillside surely and found not suitable.
Absolutely shameful the majority of these residents are there because they cannot look after themselves. I also have my doubts on the 24/7 care they claim would be provided in a self contained unit. Sitting alone all day is no good for anyone. I'm finding this so shocking more and more Newport City Council seem to not care about the elderly and vulnerable in Newport. If these residents were suitable for extra care they would have been assessed before they entered Hillside surely and found not suitable. sugar2002ukuk
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9:44am Sat 12 Jan 13

scraptheWAG says...

absolutely shocking care homes shut, street lighting turned off but huge amounts of money spare for nonsense like the welsh language.
absolutely shocking care homes shut, street lighting turned off but huge amounts of money spare for nonsense like the welsh language. scraptheWAG
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10:01am Sat 12 Jan 13

areyour4real says...

Live in peace, don't you mean die in peace.
The elderly are being offered a modern better home to live out their lives with more control and a sense of independence.
You can't just keep this place open till the last one dies.
This is a positive situation being spun by SWA as usual to make people angry.
Live in peace, don't you mean die in peace. The elderly are being offered a modern better home to live out their lives with more control and a sense of independence. You can't just keep this place open till the last one dies. This is a positive situation being spun by SWA as usual to make people angry. areyour4real
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10:35am Sat 12 Jan 13

Maria Farrelly says...

areyour4real wrote:
Live in peace, don't you mean die in peace.
The elderly are being offered a modern better home to live out their lives with more control and a sense of independence.
You can't just keep this place open till the last one dies.
This is a positive situation being spun by SWA as usual to make people angry.
They are not being offered a better home/alternative, their level of care is being removed. Some of these elderly do not need more control and a sense of independence...they need specialist HELP & CARE which Hillside provides. No other care home in newport offers the same level of care.

Newport City Council should be ashamed of themselves. Choosing the vulnerable, the ones that cannot stand up for themselves is morally wrong.
[quote][p][bold]areyour4real[/bold] wrote: Live in peace, don't you mean die in peace. The elderly are being offered a modern better home to live out their lives with more control and a sense of independence. You can't just keep this place open till the last one dies. This is a positive situation being spun by SWA as usual to make people angry.[/p][/quote]They are not being offered a better home/alternative, their level of care is being removed. Some of these elderly do not need more control and a sense of independence...they need specialist HELP & CARE which Hillside provides. No other care home in newport offers the same level of care. Newport City Council should be ashamed of themselves. Choosing the vulnerable, the ones that cannot stand up for themselves is morally wrong. Maria Farrelly
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10:40am Sat 12 Jan 13

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Mr Keating contacted us and wanted his views made public.
He has a right to express his opinion, as do you.
Just because Mr Keating's opinion does not match yours does not make it 'spin'.
Interesting email address, by the way.
Mr Keating contacted us and wanted his views made public. He has a right to express his opinion, as do you. Just because Mr Keating's opinion does not match yours does not make it 'spin'. Interesting email address, by the way. Kevin Ward - Editor
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11:08am Sat 12 Jan 13

Lastpost says...

About time Newport City Council started to look after those people who have lived in and contributed to the city. Our elderly citizens should not be treated like pieces in a game of chess that can be moved around as part of a financial strategy.

Newport has become a dustbin for half of the worlds problems and for home grown spongers who have more rights than those in genuine need.
About time Newport City Council started to look after those people who have lived in and contributed to the city. Our elderly citizens should not be treated like pieces in a game of chess that can be moved around as part of a financial strategy. Newport has become a dustbin for half of the worlds problems and for home grown spongers who have more rights than those in genuine need. Lastpost
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