In Touch - The Closure of Pocklington House
Pocklington House aged care home for the blind is set to close. Peter White talks to some residents, and charity Pocklington Trust explains why it has taken this decision.
Pocklington Trust is a blindness charity which runs several types of housing for the use of visually impaired people. It has given residents of its aged care home at Northwood in Hertfordshire, notice that it is to close. The charity says this is due to the condition of the building and its need for refurbishment, which it estimates, could take more than a year, and its desire to minimise disruption for residents from the hardship of a rebuild. Residents who thought they had a" home for life" tell Peter White of their disappointment and their sense of being let down by the charity. Martin Green of the English Community Care Home Association tells us about the current picture nationally for visually impaired people seeking care in non-specialist homes.