HC-One’s Avandale Lodge in Northwich, Cheshire has ended its nursing care due to recruitment and retention problems.
The home, which can accommodate up to 48 people and is rated ‘requires improvement’, will now focus on residential or residential dementia care.
An HC-One spokesperson said: “Despite a very significant investment of time and resources, we have been unable to recruit and retain the right numbers of permanent nurses due to the severe national shortage of nurses and strong competition from local NHS services.
“Without a permanent nursing team, trained to our standards and aligned with our values, the reliance on agency nurses has meant we have found it difficult to provide consistency in care. This situation has now become untenable, and we have therefore made the difficult decision to no longer provide nursing care services at the home. This decision does not affect residents with residential or residential dementia care needs, as the home will remain open and continue to provide these services.
“Our team is already working closely with residents with nursing care needs, their loved ones, the CCG and the local authority to make sure we find suitable new nursing care placements that meet everyone’s individual needs. A full package of support has been put in place for affected colleagues, and we hope both colleagues and residents with nursing needs will choose to move to one of our sister homes in the local area.”
HC-One said 27 residents at the home would be forced to find alternative accommodation as a result of the change of registration.
In a joint statement Cheshire West and Chester Council and NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Following HC-One’s decision to stop providing nursing care at Avandale Lodge in Northwich our priority is to support the residents and their families receiving care there.
“Face-to-face meetings have taken place with residents, their families and staff at the home and we will now work to find alternative accommodation solutions that meet the individual needs of each resident. Care plans for each resident will be worked through with them and their family or advocate. Their safety and care are paramount in this. Our dedicated team will continue to work with HC-One to ensure a smooth transition for all residents.”