Four Seasons to close dementia care home

The UK’s largest care home provider Four Seasons has presented proposals to close a dementia care home due to financial difficulties.

Chepstow’s Sedbury Park Care home, which houses 61 residents including people living with dementia, is expected to close in December, the Chepstow Beacon reports.

John Kirk, regional managing director for Four Seasons Health Care, said: “The proposal to cease operating the home has not been arrived at easily, but we think it is unavoidable based on a combination of factors. The home is operating at a loss and has been for a long while.

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“While the premises are a beautiful 17th century Grade 2 listed building, it now requires refurbishment and interior modernisation to bring it to the standards we would expect for a modern care home.

“There have also been challenges in recruiting and maintaining the right level and skills mix of staff, which is linked to a national shortage of nurses.

“Our senior regional management team will carry out a detailed analysis, taking account of the likely longer term patterns of need for care home places in the area before taking a decision about whether we could make the home viable in the future.

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

“We hope they will choose another of our homes, although it is entirely their choice. Sedbury Park 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. We will also consider applications for staff to transfer to our other homes, subject to there being suitable vacancies.”

Four Seasons, which holds group net debt of £527m, has been a hit by rising costs and the introduction of the National Living Wage.

The business is currently holding negotiations with private equity investors over its future ownership structure with an announcement expected later in the year (see Higher occupancy and fees boost Four Season Q2 results).

Four Seasons announced in August that it was to close three homes in the Birmingham area (see Four Seasons to close three care homes).

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