c/o Age UK Coventry
7 Warwick Row

Dear Editor

I am writing on behalf of Coventry Older Voices in response to the news of the closure of Aylesford Lodge. As a campaigning group on behalf of older people in Coventry we have been voicing our real concerns about what will happen to those vulnerable people who will no longer have access to this important intermediary care facility.

The leader of the council has questioned the ability to effectively assess people in Aylesford as they don’t have their own kitchen! However these assessments have been successfully carried out in Aylesford for many years. Indeed the Care Quality Commission’s report in June this year found “people’s needs were assessed and care and support was planned and delivered in line with their individual care plans.”

Bed care has been promised as available if required. Our concern is that the two options for offering this at the moment are not fit for purpose. They do not currently offer the same level of support to people to reable them to become independence and return home.

Lastly much has been made of the support offered through Telecare which uses technology to support people in their own home. This is a red herring, as people in Aylesford have been assessed as not able to go home and in no way can it replace the professional care and support given by staff at Aylesford.

Yours Sincerely

Anne Lakin

Chair, Coventry Older Voices