Residents given a week to find new place to live as care home closes

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 January 2013


A CARE home in Weston will close tomorrow (Fri) despite families being given only a week’s notice to find their relatives a new home.

Stella Maris residential home in Ellenborough Park South, which specialises in dementia care and looking after people aged over 65, has had to transfer its residents to other homes after its owner told North Somerset Council on Friday that he planned to close the home’s doors for good on January 11.

The authority then contacted families of the home’s 10 residents to help find them new accommodation.

A council spokesman said: “We contacted all the next of kin immediately to let them know about the closure. We assessed the needs of the 10 residents there and we’re extremely confident that they will all have places by Friday.

“The home has broken its contract because it should have given us a month’s notice.

“We are trying to resolve the situation as sensitively as we can because these are elderly people having to be moved.”

Stella Maris owner Tim Morris, who also runs a home in Torquay, said: “There are no ongoing issues with residents.

“My prime consideration is at this point to make sure the families are not subjected to any more difficulty than they already have been.

“I feel that the best way to deal with these things is as quickly as possible, to find an early resolution, so that the transition to a new home is made as quickly and painlessly as possible.”

When asked about the council’s claim that the company had acted in breach of contract, Mr Morris added: “My only real interest is in the safety and well-being of the residents and my own view is that they would be better served relocating to another establishment as quickly as possible.

“The home is listed on the Care Quality Commission website as being fully compliant. It is just a commercial decision.”

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