The Abbeyfield Society proposes East Devon care home closure

Abbeyfield Shandford

The Abbeyfield Society has begun a consultation with residents and colleagues on the closure of its Abbeyfield Shandford care home in Budleigh Salterton, East Devon.

Discussions on the proposal will take place over the next few weeks with the home facing closure next year.

A spokesperson for Abbeyfield Shandford said:  “The wellbeing and comfort of our residents are always our top priorities. As a responsible charity and care provider, we regularly review the quality of our buildings to make sure they are sustainable and meet the current and future needs of residents and regulators.

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“Following an in-depth review, we have decided that despite doing our best to maintain the home, its size and design mean that in the near future it is unlikely to meet the high standards residents and regulators expect, and that we pride ourselves on providing.

“Having considered all options available to us, we have made the very difficult decision to open discussions with residents and colleagues about our proposal to close the home. These discussions will run until November, after which a final decision on the future of the home will be made. No resident or staff member will be asked to leave the home until the beginning of 2020 at the earliest.

“A dedicated support team is already in place to support the discussion process and we have opened a dedicated information and support phone line for everyone who is affected. Should our proposal to close the home move forward, we will do everything we can to support residents to find a suitable new care home nearby.”

The home, which is registered to provide nursing and personal care for up to 26 people, is rated Good in all areas by the CQC following its last inspection in January.

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