Dom Polski, a specialist Manchester care home to close in 8 weeks time

Specialist Manchester care home to close in 8 weeks time

–          Plans for residents’ future care remains unclear

–          Charity-run care home will become retirement home for priests 

A care home which provides specialist care to frail elderly women from Manchester’s Polish community is set to close in around 8 weeks.  The home, Dom Polski, which is run by a registered charity, Society of Christ, is currently home to 11 women in their 80s and 90s, many of who have advanced dementia.

Families of residents were told the news on Monday 15th April, with the home set to close on June 30th. The Society of Christ has blamed a deterioration in its finances over the last three years for the home’s closure.  However, the organisation’s latest accounts show a balance of £961,609 with assets of £1.3m.

The Society of Christ, which describes its purpose as relieving ‘poverty of the sick, elderly and handicapped of persons of Polish origin in Great Britain’1, plans on using Dom Polski as a home for retired priests, who currently reside in a neighbouring building. The Society receives its income via legacies and donations from members of the Polish congregation.  

Dom Polski, which has been rated ‘Good’ in all areas by the Care Quality Commission, was founded 30 years ago when Mrs Stefania Coner sold her family home to the Society of Christ  at below market rate because, according to the Society of Christ’s website, she ‘appreciate[d]…[the Society’s] efforts to create a centre full of care for our compatriots.’Mrs Conner died several years ago, while Mrs Coner’s daughter, Mrs Pawlik who was also involved in the decision to sell the home, died in late 2018.  

In response to the news families of residents have set up the Dom Polski Action Group to halt the closure of Dom Polski and to help safeguard the future of the Society of Christ’s second care home Huddersfield-based, Jasna Góra.

The Group has set up a Just Giving page to raise funds to keep Dom Polski open or to support residents with rehousing costs, details can be found at: 

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dompolskimanchester

1.      Society of Christs’ Annual Report and Financial Report, 2017: 

http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends23/0000298723_AC_20171231_E_C.pdf

2.      Society of Christ, Dom Polski House:

 http://societyofchrist.co.uk/o-prowincji/domy/Manchester_47

Links to news articles on this story:

https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2019-04-30/shock-as-charity-tells-frail-elderly-residents-at-one-of-its-care-homes-they-have-only-weeks-to-leave/

https://www.polishexpress.co.uk/alarmujace-doniesienia-z-manchesteru-starszym-polkom-grozi-usuniecie-z-domu-opieki-ktory-ma-zostac-przeksztalcony-w-biuro-dla-ksiezy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-48133191

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