Councillor’s dismay at care home closure

A Hadfield care home is to close with some 33 residents forced to move elsewhere.

Following an announcement last Thursday evening (6th February) the privately-owned Merseybank Care Home will shut on 10th May 2014.

Residents, families and staff have been given a little over three months’ notice of the closure, and up to 50 people will lose their jobs.

The surprise announcement on Thursday comes just weeks after The Priory Group run care home on The Carriage Drive failed to meet any of the standards required by the Care Quality Commission in their latest inspection.

It is thought that the home’s owners decided to shut due to the significant amount of investment required – thought to be in the region of £3 million – to bring the grade-2 listed home up to the required standard.

Cllr Greenhalghat the Hadfield care home that is due to shut

Cllr Greenhalgh outside the Hadfield care home that is due to shut in May.

County Councillor Damien Greenhalgh commenting on the closure said “It’s a crying shame that the company couldn’t make the investment in the people of Hadfield and Glossop and those whose workplace and home this has become.

“This closure is truly awful for all those involved. Many of the home’s residents are frail and elderly and are now going to be moved which will be very traumatic for them and their nearest and dearest.

“A lot of these people have lived in Hadfield and Glossop all their lives and now they could end up being moved elsewhere.”

Cllr Greenhalgh added “I am just thankful that Derbyshire County Council’s wonderful Talbot Street-based Adult Social Care team is doing a great job in difficult circumstances to help re-home residents and offer advice and support to their relatives and the staff in the home – with many going above and beyond the call of duty”.

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Merseybank care home to close

Merseybank SignAbsolutely awful news about the Merseybank Care Home’s owner, Amore Care part of The Priory Group [of the rehab centres fame] choosing to close the care home due to poor inspection results and their lack of commitment to invest in the home to bring it to the standards expected for quality care of its residents. Not enough money in it for them presumably!?

Now as a result there are now 33 very old and frail residents being forced to be re-homed and potentially up to 50 job losses too – some of which have been through the same shoddy situation before, when the Partington Care Home on North Road closed back in 2011.

Thankfully all affected are being helped by Derbyshire County Council’s WONDERFUL Adult Social Care team in Glossop as much as they can. Many of which are going above and beyond the call of duty!

Update 11/02/2014
The home’s Deputy Manager confirmed to me the number of jobs that will be lost when I visited the home today to speak with residents and staff. Sadly its worst that I first thought as 55 jobs will in fact be lost.