Rotherham care home to close after failing to fill its beds

Anchor, the UK’s largest not for profit care provider, has said they will be closing a loss-making care home in Rotherham.

The care provider has not been able to fill enough beds at their home, Clifton Meadows. The home can accommodate up to 66 people and provided nursing care for adults over 65 years including dementia sufferers.

Alison Bentley, the service’s head of care, said: “As a charity, we are obliged to do this to ensure we are meeting our charitable objectives and using our resources in the most effective way. In relation to Clifton Meadows, we are proposing to close the home are carrying out a full and detailed assessment of its financial viability.

“This proposal comes largely as a result of the home’s challenges in ensuring a good level of occupancy, which has meant the home has been operating at a loss for some period of time.”

Clifton Meadows received a ‘requires improvement’ rating at its last inspection in December 2017.

Rotherham council’s adult care director said: “We understand this is an unsettling time for residents and families and we are working closely with Anchor, the Care Quality Commission, staff and relatives to ensure a sensitive and supportive move of residents to other homes, carried out as easily and as smoothly as possible.

“The relocation process will take place over the next several months to allow time to fully assess the needs and aspirations of the residents to find suitable alternative accommodation.”

Ms Bentley said: “The announcement of our intention to close any of our services is only ever made after a great deal of careful consideration.”

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