Leading care home operator Care UK has announced the closure of Wellmeadow Lodge care home in Glasgow.
The home, which provides care for up to 84 residents, was rated ‘weak’ for staffing and setting, and ‘unsatisfactory’ for supporting wellbeing, care planning and leadership by the Care Inspectorate in October 2020.
Regional Director Dave Ashbolt said: “We know Wellmeadow Lodge is a much-loved care home but it has become increasingly obvious that the outdated layout makes it difficult for us to deliver the high levels of care residents deserve. The buildings are old and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain and require substantial investment to meet the high standards residents deserve and our regulators expect.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we have looked at alternatives such as making structural changes to the buildings, but this isn’t viable. We are working closely with East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, residents and their relatives to ensure a smooth and safe transition to new homes.”
Relatives of residents spoke of their shock at the news, with one daughter telling the Scottish Herald: “It was New Year’s Eve that everyone was told to pack their boxes and they were pushed into this one building next door, into what can only be described as solitary confinement.
“They weren’t allowed out, they couldn’t socialise, and then the COVID cases started. That care home had been COVID-free until they moved them all.
“And now it doesn’t seem like the residents were moved for their own benefit at all, because this company is just selling the building.”
Care UK told CHP that residents had been moved in order to prepare for decorating work, however, following assessment by its building management team it was revealed that much more substantial work on the building was required.
The care home provider said some people at the home had tested positive for COVID-19 though most did not have serious symptoms.