Residents face moving as care home closes

Residents face moving as care home closes

A MIRFIELD care home is set to close, leaving dozens of elderly people with the problem of finding somewhere new to live. 

Woodlands Care Home, at the top of Sands Lane, is set to be closed down by its owner Four Seasons Healthcare.

The home was rated as “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission in January and the home’s owners said they were struggling to maintain standards, which has led them to take the decision to close.

The closure means that 46 residents could need new accommodation and up to 60 jobs are at risk.

Four Seasons said building work would be required to bring the home up to standard and its remote location meant it was not easily accessible.

A spokesman for the company said: “The plan to cease operating the home has not been arrived at easily, but we think it is unavoidable based on a combination of factors.

“As we struggle to maintain the standards that we expect to provide, we are not prepared to continue with the home.

“The premises would require very substantial work to bring it to our expectations of a modern care home and we think the residents’ needs can be met better in an alternative environment.”

Four Seasons was trying to find alternative jobs for care staff facing redundancy.

The company also said it was working with Kirklees Council’s Social Services department and residents’ families to find alternative accommodation.

A date has not yet been set for the closure.

A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “We have already identified that there are a number of similar vacancies in some of Four Seasons’ other nearby homes and that there are sufficient places in the local care market for any families and relatives that may prefer an alternative provider.”

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