Provider blames LA fees for care home closures

Shawe Lodge Nursing Home

A Manchester care home provider says low local authority (LA) fees have forced it to close its two homes.

Shawe House Care said it was closing Shawe Lodge Nursing Home in Urmston and Shawe House Care Home in Flixton next month because it cannot meet its residents’ needs following years of receiving LA fees that failed to meet its operating costs.

Umi Barwell, Operations Director, said: “We are heartbroken that we have had to take this incredibly difficult decision.  Our priority is always to provide the best care for residents, and we are working closely with every family to find alternative places that are right for each resident.  The distressing fact is that we are simply not able to provide the levels of care they rightly expect under the current funding arrangement.”

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Umi also accused the CQC of being “exceptionally helpful” and being unwilling to work in a partnership approach.

Both homes have been rated ‘requires improvement’ by the CQC.

The operations director added: “We cannot cut corners in care provision.  It’s not fair on residents, on their families, or on the dedicated people who work in the care profession.  I hope this case acts as a wakeup call to the council.  Otherwise other care providers may face the same situation.”

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  1. C Menna said:

    I do agree with Umi with regards to funding. In most cases providers also find it difficult to recruit staff within the location. Recruitment companies provide agency staff at a cost. This additional cost burdens the providers to manage within the funding available over above the other increased costs. UKBA ought to review their working visas criteria’s for those who are willing to work and adopt the demands in UK. With regards to the wages offered to the foreign nationals to be employed in UK, UKBA ought to consider and compare wages of UK employees of care homes.The funding provided by local authority will never satisfy the NMS/CQC requirements when paid £3.00/hour for 24 hours 7 days and so on. I am not surprised at the rate of care homes being closed in the last twelve months. The government has the whip to do something to improve the systems in place in the best interests of the vulnerable people in our society.

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