The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has announced the closure of Glebe House in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.
Oxfordshire County Council and OSJCT made the joint decision to close the home, which has suffered low occupancy for a number of years, which dropped to 74% two years before the pandemic and 65% in February 2021.
Dan Hayes, Chief Executive of OSJCT, said: “It is undeniable what a difficult announcement this has been to share to everyone at the home and within the wider Orders of St John Care Trust family. Our employees have been committed and professional at this home during the unprecedented challenge of the past year whilst the resilience and positivity of our residents has been humbling.
“Glebe House has played a significant part in the community for many years, but unfortunately demand has decreased in recent years.
“All residents will be offered new homes within the Trust’s group of Oxfordshire services and our primary concern at this time is in ensuring to the best of our ability that these moves do not impact upon their health and wellbeing. We are also doing everything we can to ensure that employees find other employment within the Trust.
“The future of The Orders of St John Care Trust is stable and secure and the factors behind the closure of these homes are longstanding and are not commonplace across the organisation and are not related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Stephen Chandler, Oxfordshire County Council’s Corporate Director of Adult and Housing Services, said: “Our top priority is the welfare of our residents and to ensure they and their families are given all the support and information they need so the move to a new home is as smooth as possible.
“We are aware this will be a difficult and unsettling time for those involved, however, we are working alongside OSJCT and other care home operators to provide the right support and are in regular contact with the residents and families to ensure they are fully informed as these plans move forward.”