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Man's fears for relative with dementia who sees Holderness House as 'home'

todayApril 18, 2024

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A man says his relative with dementia “doesn’t understand” Holderness House Care Home is closing and still thinks of it as her home.

The man, who didn’t wish to be named, told Hull Live residents at the care home in Holderness Road have six months to find care somewhere else. He said some people who live there, like his relative, have sold their homes to fund their care and currently don’t have anywhere else to go.

Holderness House was built in 1838 and served as the home of Hull philanthropist Thomas Ferens who died in 1930 and bequeathed it in his will to be used as a “rest home for poor gentlewomen in reduced circumstances”.

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Sadly, the trustees of Holderness House confirmed the care home is closing and released a full statement explaining why it was no longer viable in its current state, which you can read here. A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in January noted the single-paned windows in the Grade II listed building may pose a risk to residents.

The man told Hull Live: “We had a phone call to say they wanted to have a meeting, so we went to the meeting and we were told they were going to shut it down.



Holderness House was home to Thomas Ferens MP between 1847 – 1930

“We’ve been told the care home is old fashioned and the ladies have got be cared for in their own homes but a lot of them don’t have a home to go back to.”

He said this is the case for his own relative. “She doesn’t have a house and she’s got mobility issues. She’s lived in Holderness House for many years and that’s where she always wanted to go and she’s happy there.

“She has dementia and trying to explain anything to her is confusing and she doesn’t understand what is going on. Some of the ladies have been there for years and they do call it home.

“The staff are fantastic and we’ve got no complaints at all.” He also said he feared the building would be demolished, despite its Grade II listed status.

However, trustees have said the current plan is “reverting the property and grounds back to providing independent housing”. They said this would “move back closer to the original will and aims of Sir Thomas Ferens”.

In a statement, the trustees said: “As a charity, not a commercial entity, our focus has been on making an informed decision, albeit a difficult one and vitally whilst we have the resources to support this change positively and not waiting until we are in a crisis position, giving us the ability to carry out the changes needed at a pace that supports all involved.

“We will work closely with all stakeholders to ensure that this process is done with the upmost care and attention, minimising distress and anxiety for each individual resident and their families.

“Resources are available for stakeholder engagement and we will provide further relevant and timely updates through the most relevant communication channels. Finally, we would like to place on record our thanks to the Holderness House team for their continued hard work and compassion.”



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