Four Seasons to close three care homes

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Four Seasons Health Care has announced the closure of three care home in the Birmingham area.

The UK’s largest care home operator is shutting down Oaklands in Moseley (pictured), Heath House in King’s Norton and Ivyhouse in West Heath, which hold a combined 95 residents and provide 162 jobs, the BBC reported.

Rachael Junge, regional managing director of Four Seasons Health Care, said: “The proposal to cease operating these homes has not been arrived at easily, but we think it is unavoidable based on a combination of factors.

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“Each of the homes is operating at a loss and has been for some time. The number of residents living in each home is well below its capacity.

“Additionally both Oaklands and Heath House would require a very substantial investment to reshape and modernise them to the standards we expect and we cannot justify this given their current and projected low levels of occupancy.

“In the case of Ivyhouse, there have been difficulties with recruiting and retaining nurses and care assistants of the right calibre and staff changes have led to challenges with maintaining care quality to the standards that we expect all of our homes to provide.”

Four Seasona said some of the staff affected may be able to transfer to one of the other 11 care homes and 65 day centres run by the operator.

Birmingham City Council said residents at the homes would be assigned social workers and a drop-in surgery service for support.

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