‘Flickering light’s extinguished by closure of much-loved Abbotsbury care home in Hillmorton

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A FULL-TIME carer who looks after her husband around the clock has spoken of her sadness at the demise of a Rugby care home.

With the closure of Abbotsbury in Hillmorton, Irene Tysall of Shakespeare Gardens in Rugby says her ‘little flickering light at the end of the tunnel’ was the home.

“Devastated” Mrs Tysall said: “The little flickering light at the end of the tunnel was Abbotsbury where my husband would go for a previous week and be ‘home from home’, happy and cared for by dedicated staff. I was happy knowing that he was cared for and I could be ‘me’ for a week.”

Mrs Tysall is a full-time carer to her husband John, who is disabled.

She said: “I do everything humanly possible for him, because I care, and the powers that be know that there are hundreds of us that tirelessly do this job.”

Abbotsbury was shut last month by Warwickshire County Council due to cost-cutting measures.

The closure has meant that all residents and users of the services provided had to move elsewhere.

The home had 19 long-term residents and 38 members of staff.

The council said the cost of the home was unsustainable.

Mrs Tysall added: “Then there are those poor permanent souls, happy in their environment, cast out to who knows where to start again and piling distress on their family.

“Have the powers-that-be no conscience at the irreparable harm these decisions make?

“The majority of these decision-makers can afford to pick and choose where their elderly relatives may end up but they will never have better than Abbotsbury. My sympathies go out to the dedicated and wonderful staff that was Abbotsbury.”

Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, leader of the Liberal Democrats at Warwickshire County Council, said his wife was one of the staff whose contract had been terminated at the home.

He added: “We are stuck in the situation we are in.

“It’s very early days but we are looking into the possibility of more extra care housing being built on the Abbotsbury site like the new development on the Cattle Market.”