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Staffing shortage and low occupancy force care home closure

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Larchwood Care has announced it is to close Ravenstone Care Home in Droitwich, Worcestershire.

The operator said low occupancy, recruiting difficulties and the major expense of required upgrades meant the home was no longer financially viable.

A spokesperson said: “We understand that this will be difficult news for our residents, their families and our staff. It is not a decision we have taken lightly.

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“We will work closely with residents, families and the local authority to make the transition to new homes as easy as possible. We will offer support to the staff to find new roles.”

Larchwood Care said the home would close by the end of November, provided alternative arrangements had been found for residents.

The news comes after Care England earlier this month urged the government to provide more support to stem the workforce crisis in adult social care.

Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, warned care providers were at “breaking point” and would “crumple” without “immediate help”.

Speaking at last week’s Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo, Nadra Ahmed OBE, executive chairman of the National Care Association, said: “The crisis that we face around the workforce is the worst I have experienced in my career.”

Totaljobs revealed this week that job vacancies rose by 84% year on year in August. The jobs board reported 13,000 social care vacancies in August alone.

On a positive note, 31% of the public said they were more likely to consider a career in the sector following the pandemic. Candidates who would consider a career in care are motivated by gaining satisfaction from making a difference (73%), caring for others (72%), and knowing they would feel proud to work in care (63%).

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