RESIDENTS, families and staff have been celebrating after a closure-threatened care home in Widnes has been saved.

Halton Council has taken over ownership of Madeline McKenna Court in Hough Green.

Anxious families formed an action group to prevent their loved ones becoming homeless after Your Housing Group said the home was ‘no longer financially viable’.

Council leader Rob Polhill and Cllr Marie Wright, board member for health and wellbeing, shared tea with the current 22 residents, their families and staff.

The involvement of residents’ families plays a big part in the success of the home.

Manager Veronica Francisco, who leads a team of 23 carers, domestics and cooks, said: “We have an excellent relationship with families and the community.

“Families are our backbone, it is important they feel they are visiting their loved one in their own home.

“They know they can speak to any member of staff if they have problem.”

Arts and crafts, films, quizzes, holistic therapy, bingo and guest singers are part of an activity programme.

Veronica said it is vital to spend time getting to know the residents. “We learn about where they lived, worked, holidayed and the people who mean most to them, “she added.

“It is important that we capture these memories for them.”

Veronica is full of praise for her staff.

“We have a very low turnover of staff - most team members have been here many years and this ensures continuity of care and a consistent approach.

“The staff are hardworking, committed and proud of the work they do.”