Creaking facilities and recruitment struggles force Merseyside care home to call time

Bosses of Ennerdale Care Home in Merseyside have confirmed that the site is to shut.

A total of 53 people will now have to be re-homed, with management at the Bupa-owned property saying they will work with Liverpool city council and Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group to find alternative accommodation.

They said the closure was in the “best interests” of patients due to inadequate facilities and difficulties in getting experienced staff.

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However, the Liverpool Echo reported that the decision to close the care home has caused upset amongst staff, patients and relative, with many calling the paper to voice their discontent over the move.

Ruth Yates, area director for Bupa Care Homes, responded: “We’ve looked very hard at all the options, but reluctantly have decided it’s in the best interests of our residents to close Ennerdale Care Home in Liverpool.

“Unlike our other sites in the area, this home is an older building and is not suitable for the redevelopment required to enable us to provide the space and purpose-built facilities needed to meet the care needs of our residents.

“Caring for people who have dementia and physical nursing needs requires experienced staff, and modern facilities. However, we have been unable to recruit enough experienced nurses for our residents to deliver the high quality of nursing care that they need.”

Bupa say the care home will not officially shut its doors until all residents have been re-homed.

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