Liverpool Council and Mayor Joe Anderson are “actively looking” at new proposals to save two dementia care home facing closure.
The council announced the closure of Brushwood (pictured) and Millvina care homes, which are operated by Shaw healthcare, last month following “significant and unsustainable losses” due to COVID-19 following their launch last year.
Shaw said the homes were no longer financially viable due to low occupancy rates and would close at the end of October.
However, Mayor Joe Anderson said yesterday that the council had invited Shaw and other companies to submit proposals to ensure the continued operation of the homes.
Mayor Anderson said: “I gave approval for these facilities to be built because we wanted the best provision for the people of this city, especially those with complex needs.
“I was so proud to have opened the buildings last year and I was equally devastated when told the news that the operator wanted to cease operating the service.
“Despite the Prime Minister’s claim he had an oven-ready solution for the care sector and repeated promises by Government to do everything it takes, the care sector is still reeling from the impact of COVID-19 on social care, in particular residential care homes.
“Against this difficult backdrop, we have been talking to Shaw healthcare and other providers to see if we can avoid closure and keep the residents in their homes and the workforce in their jobs.
“I am working really hard with my team to find a solution. On this basis, I ask families not to look for alternative provision and for staff to stay where they are, while I try to find a solution.”
Mike Smith, Chief Operating Officer at Shaw healthcare, told CHP: “We have submitted potential solutions to Liverpool Council detailing how Shaw could continue to operate the services and we are in discussions about how we can achieve a positive outcome for both parties.”