PUBLISHED: 17:51 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:42 23 August 2010
ELDERLY residents at a nursing home collapsed in tears when they were given just two days notice to quit their home. Relatives of the pensioners who were told to leave Thorndykes nursing home, Windmill Street, Gravesend, last week said they were disguste
ELDERLY residents at a nursing home collapsed in tears when they were given just two days notice to quit their home.
Relatives of the pensioners who were told to leave Thorndykes nursing home, Windmill Street, Gravesend, last week said they were disgusted by the short notice.
Last Wednesday, all nine residents had to vacate their rooms after being told just two days earlier that the home, run by Joe Cuddy, was closing.
Robert Goble, 56, a painter and decorator, of Laurel Avenue, Gravesend, whose wife's great aunt, Nev Barlowe, 93, had been in the home for a year, said: "It was a total shock for everybody. It's not just the residents that I feel for, it's the staff who have been thrown out on a limb as well."
Social Services confirmed they were only given two days notice about the closure but said they had found alternative accommodation for all residents.
Owner Joe Cuddy did not attend the home on the day of the closure as his tenants left bewildered and confused.
Sandra McCafferty, 47, a senior carer of Caxton Close, had to make alternative arrangements for her 74-year-old mother Maria Rice. Mrs McCafferty said: "It was just pure panic. I didn't know what was going to happen to my mum. She's got vascular dementia so she gets confused. She was a bit tearful and wondered what was happening. The residents in the home need continuity, they don't like change. It was heart breaking to see. I have never witnessed anything like it."
Kent Adult Social Services says it worked tirelessly with the nursing home staff and the Commission for Social Care Inspection to transfer the residents. Margaret Howard, KCC Director of Operations for KASS in West Kent, said: "We will always ensure these difficult situations are handled in the best possible way."
Mr Cuddy was unavailable for comment as the Reporter went to press and no one could confirm why the home was closed at such short notice.