Shock for elderly people as care home shuts

Jubilee Care Home,Thornhill Crescent, Thornhill, Sunderland, is thought to be threatened with closure.
Jubilee Care Home,Thornhill Crescent, Thornhill, Sunderland, is thought to be threatened with closure.
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ELDERLY and frail residents at a care home face an uncertain future after bosses announced it is set to close.

Jubilee Nursing Home, in Sunderland city centre, will shut in the coming months because it is “no longer economically viable”.

The centre has 22 residents, who will have to find alternative accommodation.

One woman, who has a family member at the home, said: “We just got the letter yesterday and now we have to look for somewhere.

“It was such a shock and I know the staff were angry at the news.”

Today, bosses at Essex-based Caring Homes, which runs the centre in Thornhill Terrace, confirmed it will close later this year.

“For quite some time we have only had a small number of residents and, quite simply, the home is no longer economically viable,” said a spokesman.

“Sadly, we have had to take the difficult decision to close Jubilee.

“The health and wellbeing of all our residents is always our top priority and we remain committed to delivering the highest standards of care during this transitional time.”

The firm is now in discussions to arrange new accommodation for residents and minimise job losses.

“We are working closely with residents, relatives, social workers and the local authorities to ensure that residents can find a new home that is right for them,” said the spokesman.

“We will also be working with our valued staff to find alternative employment where possible.”

The site for up to 35 residents is advertised by the company as “one of the top care homes in Tyne and Wear”, offering a range of residential and nursing support.

It is equipped to accommodate sufferers of cerebral palsy, colitis and Crohn’s Disease, epilepsy, Huntington’s disease, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis.

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