Residents of a care home are set to have to find somewhere else to live after the council announced plans to change its use.
Home Covert residential care home in The Avenue, Bentley, is set to be turned into a unit for people leaving hospital in an effort to free up hospital beds.
Any change would mean residents - who are people with learning disabilities or old folk with dementia – will be forced to leave by March 31, 2014.
The relative, of a resident who did not want to be named, said: “Whilst we understand the need for the new unit, relatives feel their loved ones, many of whom have been there many years, are being thrown aside to make way for the new project.
“It will cause untold distress, fear and anxiety to dementia sufferers, to be uprooted at a time when they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.”
Home Covert is registered to house 35 people and, at its last inspection, was providing care for 11 people with learning disabilities and 22 with dementia.
Joan Beck, the council’s director of adult and community services, said a consultation period with residents and relatives was underway.
She added: “I must stress that no decision has yet been made and cabinet will make a final decision in December after reviewing the comments made.
“We will support staff, residents and their families and help families find alternative care arrangements for their loved ones should this change of use be agreed.”
Ian Carpenter, a spokesman for Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, said the proposed unit would be used mainly by people with fractures.
He added: “It’s a step in the right direction for people who no longer need a hospital bed but are not quite ready to go back to their home.
“This is a really excellent initiative which allows people to be assessed by professionals to see when they’re ready to go home.”
The consultation runs until the end of November. Email firstname.lastname@example.org