Larchwood Care to close five loss-making homes
Larchwood Care has announced it is to close five lossmaking homes by the end of May.
Brookes House in Brentwood, Copper Beeches in Liss, Mountwood in Andover, Wickwar in South Gloucestershire and Withy Grove in Preston will be closing on or before 31 May 2019.
Tony Stein, chief executive of Larchwood Care, said: “These five homes have been losing substantial amounts of money over an extended period of time and their continued operation has become unsustainable for the company.
“There are a number of external sector-wide factors that have contributed to this decision, including the inadequacy of fees paid by commissioners, high operating costs and low admission rates. These factors impact upon staff morale and make recruitment of staff very difficult.
“It was hoped that we would be able to work through these issues but it is clear that, given the issues the sector faces, we are unable to do so. We will work closely with social services, CCGs and others to support residents and their families at this difficult time. We will also work with employees to help find alternative employment, however we do anticipate redundancies.”
Larchwood said notice of the closures had been given to local commissioners, residents, families and staff. The provider said its remaining 50 homes would be unaffected by the plans.