Leading care home provider Shaw healthcare has announced the closure of two Liverpool care homes just months after they opened.
Brushwood in Speke (pictured) and Millvina House in Everton opened last year as part of a multi-million pound, council-led project to provide dementia care to Liverpool’s elderly population.
Mike Smith, chief operating officer for Shaw healthcare, said the two homes, which care for 83 residents and employ 132 workers, have been forced to close following “significant and unsustainable losses brought on by the change in market conditions as a direct result of COVID-19”.
Mike added: “Following much effort on behalf of Shaw and Liverpool City Council we came to the mutual conclusion that delivering care using these buildings in the current climate is no longer tenable.”
Cllr Paul Brant, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for Adult Health and Social Care, added: “We acknowledge the challenges faced by Brushwood and Millvina House care homes with great sadness.
“The local and national impact of COVID has resulted in vacant capacity in Liverpool’s care homes. The vacancies mean that we need to consider alternative uses/purposes for Millvina House and Brushwood, hopefully within the health sector, where negotiations are already at an early stage.
“Our priority now is the residents and families and the council has allocated a team of social workers to each home to assist Shaw in supporting them.
“We would like to thank Shaw healthcare for the excellent care that they have given and know that this has been appreciated by residents and their families.”