FAMILIES have been left furious after a Seaforth care home was forced to close following a suspected gas leak and their elderly residents who live there were moved to new homes, some as far away as West Lancashire.
One local family told the Champion that their 89-year-old relative, who has dementia, has been relocated to another care home 13 miles away in Burscough.
Riverslie, on Crosby Road South, was at the centre of a suspected gas leak on Thursday, July 21 and all the pensioners had to be moved out.
As the home is still closed due to “environmental issues”, and with no indication as to when it will reopen, the residents’ relocation could be permanent.
One of the residents, Lily Mitchell, who celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, August 4, has been moved to Burscough, which is a 40 minute drive from Riverslie.
Her granddaughter, Jen Bradshaw, told the Champion that Lily has dementia and is not coping well with being moved to a new home.
Jen said: “We just got a call out the blue at about 9.30pm to say there had been a gas leak and my nan was being moved to Burscough.
“My nan has lived in Seaforth all her life. The residents she lives with and the staff are all familiar to her, which obviously helps with her dementia.
“My nan was quiet, barely ate and immobile until she went to Riverslea. Ever since she moved there she has really come out of her shell and the staff have worked wonders with her.
“She is now having to get used to a new home in Burscough. She doesn’t know anyone there and I’m
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now worried she’s going to go backwards.
“It’s an absolute disgrace. Thankfully we can drive to go and visit her but what if we couldn’t?”
Jen said there was a meeting held for families on Monday, July 25 and that “all the residents’ families backed up and supported the care home”, but it ha still not been able to reopen.
A spokesperson for the Sefton Partnership, which recently replaced the CCGs, said: “Several different agencies worked with Riverslie nursing and residential home to ensure that all residents received support to move to alternative care homes and continue to get the care they need.
“Residents have not moved back into the care home because of ongoing environmental issues.”
Riverslie is owned by Innocare Ltd, which also runs another care home in Sussex.
The Seaforth care home was rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission in February this year.
The Champion has tried to contact Innocare for comment.