Care home unable to fill its beds closes

Four Seasons Nurses

 

Four Seasons Health Care is closing a care home after struggling to fill its beds.

The provider said Dove Court in Kettering, Northamptonshire had been operating at well below its 58-bed capacity for some time.

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The announcement comes after the BBC revealed this week that the care home sector was facing a capacity of crisis, with almost 3,000 people expected to be unable to find beds by the end of 2018 (see Care home capacity crisis revealed).

Marjorie Condacos, Regional Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care, said Dove Court currently had 44 residents who were being cared for by 68 staff.

She said the home had had further issues with recruiting and retaining nurses with the right levels of skills, which had necessitated a high use of agency staff.

Marjorie added: “In common with other leading care providers Four Seasons Health Care reviews its portfolio of care homes throughout the UK, with consideration of changing market conditions, including patterns of demand and their operational performance.

“The proposed closure of any home is not something we take lightly but we have to focus on homes that are capable of operating successfully to deliver high standards of care for the longer term.”

She said Four Seasons was working with Northamptonshire Council’s Social Services team to find other homes for the residents and was hopeful that they would choose other services provided by the business.

Dove Court was rated Inadequate by the CQC following an inspection in June.

 

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