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SO the Jane Hodge Home is to close next month, stated in writing by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary are a group of vowed women who, in collaboration with their associates, auxiliaries, co-workers and volunteers work with the poor to identify and transform underlying causes of suffering and seek to meet practical needs.  to be a home for life, and the home Cardiff council The County Council of City and County of Cardiff (Welsh: Dinas a Sir Caerdydd) is the governing body for Cardiff, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. The council consists of 75 councillors, representing 29 electoral wards.  said in a public meeting would be kept open until August 2008, filled with respite beds while long-term residents were re-accommodated.

It is probably true that none of the residents wished to leave this excellent facility, where the carers really cared.

When my aunt entered the home some years ago, I well remember Rose and her team saying, "We are here to help you do what you want to do."

My uncle was nursed at St Winefride's until he died and the family knew whenever one called in, the residents were always well looked after and cared for by people who are kind and interested to help the frail and ill.

Whilst many will say a well deserved thank you to the Jane Hodge Home staff, it is surely ridiculous that a place where care of the elderly is so good is to be disposed of, while other places try to learn how to do things as well.

Looking to the future, Canton is an excellent place to live if one is getting older because it is flat for walking or wheelchairs, has a library, health centres, cinema, parks, shops and cafes, post offices and would be more than ideal for a new facility, be it council built, as at Fairwater fair·wa·ter  
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, or by a developer. Suitable sites owned by the council already could be in Market Road or at Suffolk House For a similarly named mansion in Penang, Malaysia, see .
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.

But when the Jane Hodge/St Winefride's site is vacant, the planners could require developers to have an element of community housing on this large area.

The Jane Hodge building itself is self contained and fronts Conway Road. It would make huge sense to refurbish re·fur·bish  
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 it and reopen it as a care home, while other development could go on behind.

It would be sheer folly if the council allows the whole site, so long a caring environment in Canton, to be taken over with simply more residential buildings.

The council should make a commitment now to the people of Canton, and beyond, that older residents matter and that there will definitely be a replacement facility in the locality, not miles out of town.

Linda Quinn
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 12, 2007
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