I think they are respite care centres, where people with MS that need carers can go for a short holiday, and also to give their carers a break. They are also useful for people who, whilst not needing full time carers, want to go on holiday somewhere that understands their needs and can appreciate some of the difficulties that people with MS face. As such, there are no people that live there full time.
However I do think it is sad that these places are being closed, and that the MS Society is wrong to do this. They argue that they will be able to help more people by giving out grants, but i think this is a false argument. To give more people a slice of the cake, each individual slice must be smaller (such that it is not big enough), or you need to get a bigger cake. (which will cost more to make)
This is the same argument that the Government is using in it changes to welfare benefits, and I heard Maria Miller (the minister for disabled people) explicitly say so on the radio this morning. So the MS Society is criticising the government for its changes to ESA and other benefits, and then using exactly the same arguments to justify the closure of the Respite Care centres.
A case of double standards, I think.