Half full care home set to close

Financial troubles and falling occupancy levels have forced the closure of a Winchester care home.

New homes are being sought for the 12 residents at St John’s Winchester Charity’s Devenish House, the Hampshire Chronicle reports.

Charity director Clive Cook said: “We hope to offer some residents an opportunity to move to a local home with much improved facilities. We will do all in our power to support residents and their families at this difficult time. In order to maximise the choices available to them, we will provide a financial ‘top-up’ for residents, above and beyond HCC and NHS fees.”

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“It has been increasingly challenging to provide high quality care in this Grade II listed building, with accommodation spread over three floors and in mainly small rooms that lack full en-suite provision and some of which are not suited to delivering specialist nursing care. Furthermore, the communal facilities are limited, and there is no garden or meaningful outdoor space.”

Occupancy levels in the 18th century building, which has been run by St John’s since 1994, have fallen to just 50% from 94% in 2014.

Some of Devenish House’s 32 staff will be offered roles at St John’s Moorside care home in Durngate, which is being extended.

St John’s provides accommodation and support for elderly people in Winchester.

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