Four Seasons to close struggling home

Four Seasons has announced the closure of its Morecambe Bay Care Home in Lancashire, citing staff recruitment and retention.

The home, which has been operating at just over two-thirds capacity, was rated Inadequate by the CQC following its latest inspection in May.

Rachael Junge, Regional Managing Director of Four Seasons Health Care, said: “The proposal to cease operating the home has not been arrived at easily and it is based on a combination of factors.

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“We have had local difficulties in recruiting and retaining nurses and carers with the right level of skills, which has resulted in challenges to maintain care quality to the standards that we expect all of our homes to provide and that the residents deserve.

“We are appreciative that so many of our residents and their relatives have said that they are happy with the care and support provided by our permanent staff team. However, the home has a continuing history of poor Care Quality Commission inspection outcomes during recent years and it has struggled for too long.”

The CQC’s latest report found issues with inadequate staffing levels and deployment. People, staff and relatives also expressed concerns about the home’s leadership.

Rachael added: “The wellbeing of residents is our priority and we will work closely with Lancashire County Council’s Social Services team to ensure that the residents and their families are supported to find suitable alternative placements.

“Morecambe Bay Care Home will continue to provide care while we allow plenty of time for the most appropriate arrangements to be made for all residents and we will do everything we can to ensure there is no disruption to their care during the transition.”

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