Country Court Care has defended plans to carry out a major redevelopment of a care home it runs in Birmingham as a necessary measure to improve services for existing and future residents.
The company says it is investing £5m as part of its strategy to bring Heartlands care home in Yardley in line with future industry standards.
News of the restructuring this week attracted the wrath of trade union GMB, which has publicly called for it to reconsider its plans after claiming that they will leave 34 of its 80 staff unemployed.
But Robb Shingles, marketing manager at Country Court Care, told Care Home Professional that the steps it is taking are for the long-term benefit of the home.
“Following comprehensive reviews of our refurbishment options it has come to light that the building will not be fit for purpose for our residents for the foreseeable future,” he explained. “To meet future quality standards, Country Court Care will be investing over £5m to improve the home’s environment. In order to fulfil this, Heartlands Care Home will need to partially close to facilitate the re-development of a new care home that will continue to offer more for our residents, staff and the elderly community.”
Shingles stressed that the company is also “investing heavily” in its staff as evidenced through its commitment to the Birmingham Living Wage, which is a 15% increase from the previous national minimum wage, along with significant levels of training to ensure that all staff are equipped with the skills and experience to deliver the high standard of care it expects.
“We are working very closely with Birmingham City Council and NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group to minimise the disruption for all of our existing residents, their families and all staff members,” he added. “We aim for this work to be completed and re-open the new care home within 18-24 months. The new home is expected to serve the community for years to come.”