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Relatives say loved ones being ‘forced out’ of North Somerset care home

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Relatives have said their loved ones are being forced out of a North Somerset care home which is to close for refurbishment.

The relatives told the BBC they have been told there will be no guarantee of places after Barchester Healthcare’s Yatton Hall in North Somerset reopens after it closes for refurbishment on 15 January.

Jon Watts, whose uncle Robert Chambers lives at Yatton Hall, said: “My uncle has lived in Yatton for 76 years – all his life – and I’ve now got to say to him you probably won’t be in the village as of 15 January.”

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Another resident’s relative, Kira Jones, said Yatton Hall had issued “very little notice” of the closure and was “basically dumping our relatives somewhere else which could be miles away”.

A Barchester spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we will be closing Yatton Hall care home for refurbishment and that we have informed our residents and relatives giving them notice of this with time to adapt to this change. We realise that this is a difficult message and we understand how important it is to support them through this and will do all we can to ensure that the move is as easy as possible.

“This work will take Yatton Hall care home to the next level in terms of investment in the property itself and in the local area and ensure we deliver the highest quality of care. Following the renovations, the home will be in the best position to deliver fantastic care and a resident experience that celebrates life. We will work with our residents and families, and where applicable the local authorities and continuing healthcare, to support them in finding alternative homes that are suitable for their individual needs.”

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