Skills shortage forces Silk Healthcare to withdraw nursing from luxury care home

Reuben Manor Care Home has closed its nursing suite because it cannot recruit enough qualified staff for the service.

The home, located in Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, is one of Silk Healthcare Group’s luxury properties, offering upmarket services including an internet cafe and a hair and beauty salon.

But the company’s managing director, Angela Swift, says the home will continue to deliver residential care, but it cannot sustain its nursing provision.

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“It is with enormous regret that we have concluded that we can no longer continue to provide nursing care at Reuben Manor.  Reuben Manor opened in 2009 and has encountered continual challenges in the ongoing recruitment of nursing staff.  The shortage of nurses has meant providing nursing care is unsustainable, and this is not only affecting us but is a key challenge facing the healthcare sector.

“This decision has been reached after careful consideration to whether we could continue to meet the ongoing needs of older people, who need nursing care. Staffing remains the most important factor in the delivery of our high quality care at Silk Healthcare, and we are not prepared to compromise on the level of dedicated care we give.

“We will continue to deliver high quality care to those currently residing with us, and our priority is to support the residents, their families and our staff through this difficult time.

“We are fully committed to continuing with providing short breaks and long term care of the highest standards to the residential and dementia clients at Reuben Manor and this is at the core of all we do.”

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