Consolidation of Four Seasons Health Care’s UK estate is continuing with the company announcing that Montrose Care Home will close.
The news comes just weeks after the operator said that it would close seven care homes in Northern Ireland.
Four Seasons managing director for Scotland, John Kirk, told local newspaper Montrose Review that the home is no longer viable. “The proposal to cease operating the home has not been arrived at easily, but we think it is unavoidable based on a combination of factors. The principal reason is that the home has been operating at a very substantial loss.
“It has been difficult to recruit and retain permanent nursing staff of the right calibre, because of a national shortage of nurses, so the home has been reliant on temporary agency nurses, at high cost, to maintain staffing levels. The home is currently operating at a little below half its capacity.”
Four Seasons operates 36 care homes across Scotland, and suggests that the Montrose home’s 13 residents would be found alternative accommodation. Staff at the home are also likely to be offered positions elsewhere in the group.
“We will do everything we can to ensure there is no disruption to care during this time. We would welcome applications for staff to transfer to the company’s other homes in the area, subject to suitable vacancies being available,” said Kirk.