FOLLOWING on from the concerns being raised in regard to the future of residential homes, the Friends of the Roddens and North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey have called on the community of Ballymoney to get behind their calls for the retention of the Residential Home.
In a joint statement they said: “Given the recent concerns which have been raised about the future of residential homes in Northern Ireland, we feel it is important that the Roddens in Ballymoney is not forgotten nor neglected in concerns which have been raised. The Roddens is a well-established facility and is an invaluable element of the very fabric of our community and is a place where many see it just as home.
“We welcome the fact that the present consultation process has been brought to an end by the Minister, Edwin Poots MLA and that a new process for consulting will now be led by the HSC. We do however; remain concerned that there is no clarity in relation to the future of such a provision like the Roddens.
“We find it alarming that in recent months the number of full time residential beds has been reduced by some 34% at the Roddens and no other permanent
beds are to be allocated for the foreseeable future which leads to the belief that the Roddens is now quietly becoming a respite rather than a residential home and that the provision of care as we know it, is indeed undergoing change without the knowledge of the local community and prior to the results of any formal consultation.
“We remain opposed to the proposals and endeavours to redefine the status of the Roddens Residential Home and ask for assurance from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, the Minister and Mr John Compton of HSC that these fears and suspicions are unfounded and that they will as a matter of urgency allay those concerns at the earliest possible opportunity by clearly communicating their intentions for the future of the Roddens to remain in its present role as a residential home for the benefit of the long term care of elderly citizens in our borough. We intend to bring our case to the attention of the Trust, the Minister and the HSC Board in the coming days and ask the people of Ballymoney to continue to give their support.”