Granddaughter’s battle to save Leeds care home and “look after those who looked after us”

Laura Denbigh pictured outside The Green care home, in Seacroft, which has been earmarked for closure. Picture by James Hardisty.
Laura Denbigh pictured outside The Green care home, in Seacroft, which has been earmarked for closure. Picture by James Hardisty.
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A loving Leeds granddaughter is calling on residents to help to save the care home that is nursing her granddad through dementia.

Laura Denbigh, from Cross Gates, has launched an online petition opposing Leeds City Council’s plans to close The Green care home, in Seacroft, which is among three homes earmarked for closure.

Laura Denbigh's granddad Harold Nicholson, who is a resident at The Green, in Seacroft. Picture by James Hardisty.

Laura Denbigh's granddad Harold Nicholson, who is a resident at The Green, in Seacroft. Picture by James Hardisty.

The office worker’s 84-year-old granddad Harold Nicholson was diagnosed with vascular dementia last year and has deteriorated quickly. He arrived at The Green in August.

Plans to close the facility as well as Middlecross, in Armley, Siegen Manor, in Morley, and four Leeds day centres were revealed in September. A public consultation is to be launched early next year.

Laura’s petition has already attracted more than 500 signatures from relatives of residents as well as Leeds locals passionate about the facility.

“This is going to affect the residents, their families and the community – it’s really important that we look after our older people as they looked after us,” Laura said. “We’re trying to get as much attention as we can and make the council aware that we are not just going to sit and let them close this home.”

She said she fears that Harold’s condition could worsen if he goes through the confusion of another move, adding that the “patient” and “lovely” staff at The Green need protecting.

Leeds City Council’s plans for the three homes would hit 61 residents, while 169 staff could lose their jobs at the affected day centres and care homes. If the homes close all residents would be rehoused.

Laura added: “When we were told to look into residential care we found The Green and knew he would get the care he needed. Knowing he’s there and looked after is a great lift for us.”

A council spokesman said: “The current model of delivering older people’s care in Leeds is unsustainable due to the budget pressures we are facing. We would emphasise that no decisions have been made and, before a decision is made, we are listening to and gathering the views of those who will be most directly affected.”

Visit change.org/p/leeds-city-council-stop-the-closure-of-the-green-residential-home for Laura’s petition.

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