Abbeyfield Society launches consultation on Accrington care home closure
Abbeyfield Society has announced it has begun discussions with relatives and colleagues over the closure of Oak Hill Mansion in Accrington, Lancashire.
The charity said the Grade II listed building, which it bought in 1993 and leased from Hyndburn Council on the basis that it provide care for 12 elderly residents, would no longer be fit for purpose.
A spokesperson said: “The wellbeing and comfort of our residents are always our top priorities.
“As a responsible charity and care provider, we regularly review the quality of our buildings to make sure they are sustainable and meet the current and future needs of residents and regulators.
“Following an in-depth review, we have decided that despite doing our best to maintain the home, it’s size and design mean that in the near future it is unlikely to meet the high standards residents and regulators expect, and that we pride ourselves on delivering.”
The charity said it had made the “very difficult decision” to begin discussions to close the home after having considered all options available.
Abbeyfield said a final decision on the home’s future would be made following the end of discussions in November, promising no resident or staff member would be asked to leave until next year at the earliest.
It said a dedicated support team was in place to support the discussion process, adding it would do everything it could to find alternative accommodation for residents in the event the home was closed.
Hyndburn council leader Miles Parkinson told LancsLive he had written to Abbeyfield expressing concern for the residents and the future of the building and expected any decision to be reviewed by the council’s overview and scrutiny committee.
He said: “I have written to the charity with my concerns regarding the future welfare of the residents and also highlighting the covenant on the iconic building and that the council wish to be fully engaged with whatever proposals come forward. First and foremost our concern is with the welfare of the residents in the home.”
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