Motoring benevolent fund shutters Southport care home

Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund (BEN), a charity that supports people with links to the automotive industry, is closing a care home it owns in Southport.

The home offers nursing and residential care for up to 56 residents.

Local news website Visiter.co.uk quotes a letter from the owners of BEN that says that it is too challenging to run a care home within the historic property.

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“Alexandra House was never designed as a care centre, and its configuration has made it increasingly difficult to meet the changing needs of residents. It is our view that is had a very limited future; it is an old building that is no longer fit for purpose, with limited outside space, few en-suite facilities, and a layout over several floors, creating limitations,” the letter states.

“As a result the organisation is considering the potential closure of Alexandra House. Unfortunately as a result of this, the organisation is considering potentially making all employees based at Alexandra House Care Centre redundant,” it adds.

Visiter.co.uk estimates around 100 jobs will be lost.

A spokesperson for the home added: “It is with great regret that we have commenced discussions with our residents and their families and our staff team over the proposed closure of the home. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care and we do not believe this will continue to be possible in the existing building and it would not be financially viable to make the alterations needed to an ageing and listed building.

“We will work closely with residents, families and local authorities to ensure that the transition to new homes is as smooth as possible, including transfers to one of our other care centres if this is a suitable option.

“We understand that this will also be a difficult time for our staff team and will support them in every way possible.”

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