Four Seasons has announced the closure of Clova House Care Home in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
The home, which provides nursing and residential care, is currently operating at just two-thirds of capacity with 21 residents.
Marjorie Condacos, Regional Managing Director of Four Seasons Health Care, said: “The proposal to cease operating the home has not been arrived at easily and it is based on a combination of factors.
“We have had local difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff with the right level of skills. This has necessitated a high use of temporary agency staff and it has resulted in challenges to maintain the standards that we expect all of our homes to provide and we are not prepared to see Clova House continue to struggle.
“The home has not been financially sustainable for some time. It now requires significant expenditure to bring it to the standards that we require for a modern care home and this cannot be justified as the local market conditions to not offer a realistic prospect of improving its viability.”
A North Yorkshire County Council spokesperson added: “North Yorkshire County Council has been informed that Clova House Care Home in Ripon is to close.
“The wellbeing of residents is the priority for the authority and the County Council’s social services team is working closely with owner Four Seasons Health Care, residents, their families and carers to ensure that residents and their families are supported in making suitable alternative care arrangements. The Council aims to make the transition of moving to a new home as smooth as possible and will provide support during this period.”
Clova House is the latest in a series of home sales and closures announced by Four Seasons due to staff recruitment and retention issues (see Four Seasons agrees sale of troubled care home).
Four Seasons’ creditors are currently in negotiation over a rescue deal for the provider having reached a debt standstill agreement in December (see BREAKING NEWS: Four Seasons and H/2 Capital reach debt standstill agreement).