Residents at Rosedale Care Home will no longer have to seek alternative accommodation after the health minister yesterday announced a reprieve.
Edwin Poots visited the care homes on Wednesday to tell residents they would not be moved while they wished to remain.
As well as the local care home, Westlands in Cookstown, Thackeray Place in Limavady, and Pinewood in Ballymena had been earmarked for closure, along with other homes in the Western and Northern health trust areas, last April.
That announcement led to protests by relatives – angry at the upheaval involved for their elderly family members.
Alliance Antrim Councillor Neil Kelly has welcomed the news that Rosedale Care Home in Antrim have been saved from closure by the Health Minister.
He has informed residents that they would not be moved while they wanted to stay there.
Cllr Neil Kelly said: “This is fantastic news that these care homes have been saved from closure. I visited Rosedale shortly after the announcement was made to pass on my good wishes to all the staff and residents following this great news.
“This has been a very distressing period for residents and their families with the possibility of these care homes being closed.
“The announcement last year that all the care homes in the Northern Trust would be closed was an irrational decision, so I am glad that they have performed a u-turn. There is still a need for the Trust to provide a residential care home service. I hope there will also be good news about the other care homes under threat.”