Leonard Cheshire puts 17 care homes up for sale in ‘difficult decision’

Disability charity, Leonard Cheshire, are selling 17 homes as it makes ‘difficult decisions’ so they can ‘reach significantly more disabled people.’

Leeds, Sheffield and York are some of the locations that will have their care homes sold because “they are in the wrong place.”

The charity’s care home residents include people with physical and sensory impairments, learning difficulties, older people and acquired brain injuries.

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Champion House in Leeds, Alne Hall near York, White Windows in Sowerby Bridge, Mickley Hall in Sheffield and Kenmore in Cleckheaton are all homes affected.

A spokesperson for Leonard Cheshire said: “We know this is a difficult and worrying time for many, including the residents and their families, and we will be supporting them throughout this process. The continuity and quality and support, and the welfare of all residents is our top priority during this period as we look to secure a new provider.

“In 2018, all charities must continue to challenge themselves to make a bigger difference. Leonard Cheshire has set out to reach significantly more disable people. To make this ambition a reality we had to make some difficult decisions about some of our services.

A small minority of our properties are not in the right places with easy access to community amenities and with scope to grow. Other providers are better placed to make long-term investment in these services.”

Leonard Cheshire will operate 137 services across the UK once the homes are sold. 87 of these homes are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and other devolved nation care regulators.

All funds raised from the sale of the care homes will be invested in the UK community, residential and outreach services.

“There is huge unmet need across the country in the support that is available to enable disabled people to live as independently as possible, whatever their ability. Leonard Cheshire must be at the heart of the building a more inclusive society,” said the charity’s spokesperson.

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