Norfolk’s largest care home provider, Norse Care, has announced plans to close its Priorsmead service in Thetford.
Norse Care has begun an eight week consultation with residents, relatives and staff on the future of the home which it plans to close due to the “challenging financial environment”.
Priorsmead is Norse Care’s smallest residential care home with 16 beds. An internal review found that a room in the home costs more than any of Norse Care’s other homes for the elderly.
Norse Care said: “In light of the particularly challenging financial environment and having assessed a range of options, Norse Care and Norfolk County Council are consulting on the future of Priorsmead.
“If following the consultation the proposal to close Priorsmead went ahead, current residents would be supported by Norse Care and Adult Social Services to remain living in the area close to relatives and friends.
“Residents, relatives and staff at Priorsmead have been informed of the consultation and will all have the chance to discuss this over the coming weeks and months with managers at the care home and Social Care Staff. Norse Care and Norfolk County Council are keen to reassure everyone that they will support them and listen to their views through the consultation.”
NorseCare is part of the Norse Group Ltd, a holding company, wholly owned by Norfolk County Council.