31-bed Buxton care home closure

A care home in Buxton, which looks after 31 elderly people will close at the end of this month, leaving residents to look for alternative care and staff redundant.

Derby House has confirmed it will cease operations by the end of October. The company has chosen not to sell the business as a growing concern given the state of the sector and believe it is more financially viable to sell up, according to the Buxton Advertiser.

Joint owner Helen Boulton told the Buxton Advertiser: “It has been a family business since 1980 and it was a very difficult decision to make.

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“Nationally there have been 73 nursing homes closing in the first six months of the year which is more closures than there was in 2015.

“Our struggle in the industry is not unique we are facing nursing shortages and red tape from the Care Quality Commission just as everyone is.”

Derby House accommodates 31 mixed sex, elderly residents aged 65 and over including one physically disabled resident.

Boulton said the company is working with social services to ease the transition.

She said: “Legally we only have to give 28 days notice but we have given 40 days notice and we hope that people can suitable alternatives.

“We have given more notice because we wanted to make it as easy as possible for everyone involved. We are never going to please everyone with our decision but circumstances have forced us into it this and it is not something we have done lightly and we really are sad to be doing this.”

Although the home did not disclose how many staff would be made redundant, Boulton said: “The feeling at Derby House is one of sadness and one of understanding. Some staff members have been with us for 20 years and it feels like a family.

“Everyone understands the pressures we have been up against the last few months and accept our decision.”

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