The first thing the visitor encounters at the Mobacka retirement home in Lillhärdal is the “For Sale” sign and the property is described as a property where it has “operated a retirement home”. Corridors, TV rooms and the rest of the premises now echo empty. But the fact is that Mobacka is still an accommodation for the elderly.
Admittedly, all the elderly who had previously been so-called service-dwellers have moved, but four 90-year-olds, who can handle home care, still live. Corridors, TV rooms and the rest of the premises now echo empty.Can be forced to move
One of those who remains is Elin Eriksson who SVT meets in her apartment. Until Sunday, she and the other three can eat together in the dining room, but next week the rules on social security are fully applicable and then they will only be offered food in their rooms by home service staff.
No one knows what will happen in the future, it depends on who is buying the elderly home and what the new owner intends to do with the business. If it becomes a business other than the elderly, they will have to relocate.
It was in April that the Municipality of Härjedalen decided that they had previously decided to close down two elderly homes, Mobacka in Lillhärdal and Fjällglimten in Vemdalen. In addition, the places for special housing at Senioren in Sveg should also be phased out. Special housing means that the elderly are assisted by staff who are at the accommodation around the clock.Promise to stay
All those who had special housing at Mobacka have now disappeared from the accommodation, either deceased or moved, the latest moved as late as Monday. But being forced to move raises strong feelings.
- The elderly have been cheated all the time, they (the municipality) promise one thing and then it becomes something completely different. First, they would be allowed to stay alive, but that changed. Then when it was to be implemented it went so fast. Now they have had to move to Sveg, says Annika Hansson, care assistant at Mobacka.Elderly housing laid out on the Block
Remaining at Mobacka, there are now four elderly people with social security housing, that is, they have their own apartments and are only assisted by home care staff. But how long they are allowed to stay is highly uncertain. It is not only the social services that must save, but also the municipal housing company Härjegårdar, which is now selling out parts of its property portfolio, including Mobacka. A broker has been hired and the property has been laid out on the Block.