Care home closure showdown: Concerned Sunderland families to meet with bosses

Herrington Grange Care Home, which is set to close.
Herrington Grange Care Home, which is set to close.
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CONCERNED families with relatives at an under-threat care home will today hold talks with its bosses.

Herrington Grange Care Home, in Herrington Burn, is expected to close in the coming months, with residents transferring to a neighbouring site.

Managers at Four Seasons Health Care, which runs the centre, claim that a “Government strategy” to encourage more OAPs to live independently in their own homes has brought about the move.

They say it has reduced demand, leaving their 50-bed facility in Southburn Terrace less than half full.

However, some families with relatives at Herrington Grange were left stunned by the move.

A relative of one of the 23 residents expected to be affected said: “The care at Herrington Grange is better than The Mews. A testament to that is the fact my mum went there to die two years ago and thanks to the care she’s received, she’s still with us.”

Care home chiefs, residents and their families are expected to meet tonight, when concerns over the planned transfer to The Mews will be addressed.

It is expected to be completed within three months.

“I fail to see how they’ll meet the needs of people after the transfer,” said the relative, who wished to remain anonymous. “I’m certainly not leaving my mum in their care any more.”

However, bosses at Four Seasons Health Care, which operates 58 homes across the North East, have issued reassurances over the plans.

“Residents at Herrington Grange are being offered a move to better accommodation in its sister home The Mews, which is located next door in the same grounds,” said a spokeswoman.

“Herrington Grange will then close for a major programme of structural alteration and refurbishment. It will re-open as a home providing specialist dementia care.”

She said that because of considerable change over recent years in the provision of elderly health and social care, there has been a decline in need and both homes were less than half full.

Company chiefs said they had consulted with council care commissioners and safeguarding teams, who support the plan.

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