Nursing shortage causes Rhondda care home to close

The difficulty recruiting qualified nurses in Wales has caused a care home in Ystrad Rhondda to close.

The Rhondda Care Home, operated by Grwp Gofal Cymru Care Homes South, will close in four weeks time, forcing 60 people to find new accommodation.

Speaking to Wales Online, a spokesperson for the home said: “We can confirm that the difficult decision has been taken to close Rhondda Care Home.

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“This decision has not been taken lightly, and is in response to the difficulty we have faced in recruiting suitably experienced nurses.

“This is due to the national shortage of nurses and strong competition for similarly paid roles in the local area.

“Our priority is the health and wellbeing of the people we support, and we will be working closely with residents, their families, the local authority, and all agencies, to help find alternative care settings to suit the needs of each individual we support.

“We are also committed to supporting our dedicated staff, and will be consulting with them to retain as many as possible at our other homes in the local area.”

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