Residents forced out by nursing care unit closure

ELDERLY residents at Elm’s Strathmore House have been given less than a month to find new accommodation after a nursing care unit was earmarked for closure.

Jobs are also at threat at the home which was taken over by Adiemus Care following the collapse of Southern Cross last year.

A statement from the company said: “Despite our best efforts to increase patient numbers, the unit remains unviable.

“Therefore a decision has been taken to close it by the end of August,”

However one relative, who did not wish to be named, said it was appalling elderly people in a fragile condition were being forced out.

“These are very frail individuals who are in nursing care because of their medical conditions and having to move at this stage is a frightening prospect for them,” she said.

In total 12 nursing care beds, which cost more than �750 per week for residents, will go.

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However 35 residential care places will not be affected.

Adiemus Care added they had worked closely with Cambridgeshire County Council and the Care Quality Commission to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for nursing care patients and their families.

“We will also remain extremely flexible to ensure all patients are found suitable alternative accommodation, even if is outside the statutory 28 day notice period,” its statement added.