The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has announced the closure of two care homes in Wiltshire within the next three months.
Bartlett House in Ludgersall (pictured) and Fives Court in Mere, which each house 19 residents, had suffered from low occupancy for some time, the charity said.
Dan Hayes, Chief Executive of OSJCT, commented: “It is undeniable what a difficult announcement this has been to everyone at the homes and within the wider Orders of St John Care Trust family. Our employees have been committed and professional at these two homes during the unprecedented and challenging months in the spring and summer whilst the resilience and positivity of our residents has been humbling.”
The not for profit provider said the homes’ 38 residents would be offered places within its other services. Dan said OSJCT would do “everything we can” to offer alternative employment for the 58 workers affected.
“The future of The Orders of St John Care Trust is stable and secure and the factors behind the closure of these homes are long standing and are not commonplace across the organisation,” he added.
Cllr Simon Jacobs, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, 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 will work alongside OSJCT to provide the right support and will be in regular contact with the residents and families to ensure they are fully informed as these plans move forward.”