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Cornish Care Home to Close
5:21pm 4th November 2013
A Cornish care home is closing.
Fourteen residents at Athelstan House in Bodmin have got just four weeks to find somewhere else to live.
Cornwall Care runs the site and says it is not sustainable because they cannot fill all the rooms.
The charity has released this statement:
Cornwall Care is closing Athelstan House residential home in Bodmin because there is no longer demand for the service it provides there.
The not for profit charity, which provides care to more than 1,700 older people in Cornwall, has informed the 14 people living at the 38-bed home that Athelstan will close in early December because it has not had any referrals for new residents for six months.
Cornwall Care Chief Executive Douglas Webb said: "Our priority is the health and wellbeing of those in our care and we believe this would be compromised as the number of people living at Athelstan continues to fall.
"The nature of care is changing and the decline in the need for residential homes is not a trend unique to this county. Increasingly people are living longer in their own homes with support services and when they do need care, they require specialist nursing for complex medical conditions like dementia. With this in mind we have planned to expand our domiciliary services delivered in the community and build more accommodation for independent supported living and specialist nursing care.
"Athelstan is a typical example of the challenges the care sector faces. Earlier this year we transferred the nursing care residents and the nursing staff team from Bodmin to our home in Liskeard. But having reverted back to purely being a residential home, Athelstan hasn't received any new resident referrals."
Staff from Cornwall Council will be visiting the home to talk to people individually and their families about their needs, and to help them find a new place to live.
Kim Carey, corporate director of Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing at Cornwall Council, said: "We recognise that this can be a worrying time for the residents, people who use their day care service, and their families. We will be working closely with them and Cornwall Care over the coming weeks to find the best alternatives for people. Anyone with any concerns can contact the Council's Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing Access Team on 0300 1234 131."
Cornwall Care is focussing on providing all the support it can to assist the residents at Athelstan and their families in making informed choices about where they would like to live. Staff at Athelstan will be able to apply for redeployment within Cornwall Care in other homes or community services.
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