Orchard Care to close two Kent homes

Ashbury Court

Orchard Care has announced the closure of two Kent homes which it says are not “financially viable”.

Ashbury Court and Norfolk House in Westgate-on-Sea are rated ‘Inadequate’ and ‘Requires Improvement’, respectively, by the CQC.

An Orchard Court spokesperson said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly. The homes require significant and long-term investment to bring them up to the standards we demand as a company, which is not financially viable.

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“We have explored all available options, including a sale, but have concluded that closure is the only feasible option.

“We appreciate this is a difficult time and we are already working closely with residents, their families and the local authority to ensure the transition to new homes is as smooth as possible.  We are consulting with the staff and will support them in finding new employment.”

Only 22 out of Ashbury Court’s 37 beds were occupied at the time of its last CQC inspection in July where inspectors found continued breaches of regulations following a previous inspection in December.

Norfolk House, similarly, suffered from low occupancy with 22 out of its 30 beds occupied at its last inspection in May.

The announcement follows the transfer of another failing home, Ashmead Care Centre in Putney Village, South West London, to Maria Mallaband (see Failing home put residents’ nutritional needs at risk).

Orchard Care announced the appointment of Tom Brookes as its new CEO in September (see Orchard Care Home appoints new CEO).

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