Parents of children who recieve respite care at a King’s Lynn care home earmarked for closure have met with South West Norfolk MP Elizabth Truss to discuss their concerns.
Morley House is a respite home for children with complex needs. Last year it was announced that the home would close in August this year and the children would move to Marshfields in Lynn.
Norfolk County Council later agreed to extend the contract for Morley House until March, but concerns have been raised about the lack of like for like care and the number of respite days available.
Speaking after the meeting last week, Ms Truss said: “I am frustrated that some six months on, Norfolk County Council is still not communicating effectively with parents and listening to their concerns.
“In March I sought assurances that Marshfields would be able to accommodate children with respite care and would have beds available.
“Parents have been unable to secure the amount of time they have been allocated for respite and it was mentioned at the meeting this week that the council is planning to refurbish the rooms at Marshfields.
“Obviously this will mean the facility will be out of action for a while and I want to be reassured the families who use Marshfields have alternate accommodation offered.
“I would therefore question whether closing Morley House is a bit premature if refurbishment is planned at Marshfields.
“Families with severely disabled children face many challenges and it is vital that support is available.
“I am concerned there seems to be a never ending list of meetings and panels, when in fact the children’s disability will not change and what parents need are assurances that the support is there and available.”