Carmand meeting fails to appease residents
THE Carmand saga continues with residents describing the "frequent police presence" as "disturbing", while bosses boast they have a "good relationship" with the public.
Private care provider, Carmand, say they have appeased the anxieties of residents following a recent meeting with them, ward councillors and North East Lincolnshire Council health bosses.
But while residents claim to be "much happier" since proposed registered manager Sean O'Hanrahan arrived to run 154, Grimsby Road, Humberston – one of four Carmand-run homes in the area – they also said they "do not trust" Carmand and described the recent police visits to the home as "disturbing".
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: "We know people with learning disabilities are not a threat to the public. But they seem to be a threat to themselves and their carers at this place. It is never going to be reassuring seeing the police outside there so often."
MAYFAIR ESTATE AGENTS
If we cannot find you a tenant within one month, we will find you one for FREE, yes FREE, you will pay no fees
Contact 01472 355553
Terms: Terms and Conditions Apply
Contact: 01472 355 553
Valid until: Thursday, May 23 2013
There have been five police visits in the past two weeks.
The nature of some of these are not known, but Humberside Police confirmed they were called to 154 Grimsby Road after a resident assaulted a member of staff earlier this month.
The resident was taken away for treatment and police are investigating the incident.
As reported, residents became fearful when it was uncovered Carmand – which came to Humberston last year – specialises in caring for people with forensic mental health problems and past offenders could be living at the Humberston home, also known as Amber House.
Carmand – which has just finished refurbishing their newest property in Grimsby Road – confirmed today they will not take on someone who has committed a "serious crime" but will not "exclude" someone who has a criminal conviction because of their mental health problems.
Carmand boss, Carol Faniyi, is proud of what Carmand's homes – which are now Care Quality Commission-approved – have achieved.
She said: "Our primary diagnosis is people with learning disabilities. Whether they have got any kind of history with a forensic issue is not really the main reason they're with us.
"People come to us because they are attempting to reintegrate with the community. People may have thought we were going to have mass murderers living there but that is not the case.
"We would not exclude anyone just because they had an altercation with the courts a few years ago.
"The residents were really pleased with the progress made and made some really positive comments about the company.
"I praise North East Lincolnshire Council for arranging the interview."
However, another resident who did not want to be named, said: "The staff and residents seem to get on really well now, which is nice. We are happy with the way things are now.
"But we don't trust Carmand. It's as simple as that. The slightest hint they are opening up a new property or are moving forensic mental health patients in and we will be on to them."