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I am appalled by the article that has appeared in the Worthing Herald regarding Spring Lodge care home (January 29).

I am offended by the statement that it was not the sort of place that we would put a loved one in, as my dear old mum was a resident there until it closed in December.

I agree that the decor and furnishings were ‘tired’, and there was the odd cobweb, but this did not interfere with the care that was given to the residents.

My mother had been in a larger care home prior to moving to Spring Lodge, which was much more impersonal, and I would have happily eaten the food that was offered to the residents in Spring Lodge.

My mother always screamed as if she was being attacked when the chiropodist called, even when she lived at home and when I was there to hold her hand. I also believe that my mother was the one mentioned in the story who had lost all the weight but the doctor had been consulted and she was given Nuitrisips. Although my mother was 99 years old, she was very stubborn and would not eat if she didn’t want to. The home were unable to force feed her.

The staff were always kind and loving to my mum and I was happy with her care.

This article has really upset me because when you have to find a home in a hurry for someone who is financially supported by Social Services, you don’t have a lot of choice.

My dear old mum passed away recently and it was her funeral this week, so to have this article in the local paper has added to my grief.

I think you should have consulted more residents’ relatives before writing this damming article.

Faith A. Linter

Walpole Avenue

Goring

• Editor’s note: Last week’s story about Spring Lodge was centred around details from the Care Quality Commission report. The Herald also included a comment from the manager and quotes from affected families and relatives.

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