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Care workers and residents "devastated" over care home closure plan
9:00am Friday 9th August 2013 in Local
THE shock announcement that a Wordsley care home will close has left staff in tears and dementia sufferers in need of alternative accommodation.
Staff and residents of Redbrick Court Care Home on High Street were told the layout and environment of the home was behind the imminent closure as it “cannot provide the standard of care that we demand for those we support.”
The decision, which will lead to job losses, has devastated staff and residents, according to one care home worker, who wished to remain anonymous.
She said: “Everybody is devastated, we had no idea. The staff can’t stop crying. It’s not like a care home, it is like a home. The residents are looked after and loved, they don’t want to go, some of them have been crying.
“Families are in a panic trying to find somewhere for them to go.”
A spokesperson for HC One, the company that has owned the home since November 2011, said: “This decision has not been taken lightly and we extend our most sincere apologies to all those who will be affected. Our priority will always be the health and wellbeing of our residents.
“Our team is already working with residents, their families and Dudley Council to ensure residents are offered places at other care homes of their choice which meet each of their individual care needs.”
The spokesman added: “We are committed to minimising any disruption and ensuring residents continue to be cared for safely and comfortably.
“We will continue to work closely with our staff and their representatives to try to minimise the effects of this change on them.”
A date for the closure has not been revealed.
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