‘There are peo­ple who have spent years there’

Macclesfield Express - - BRIAN OLLIER: A TRIBUTE -

ACARE home faces a race against time to re­home 32 el­derly pa­tients af­ter re­veal­ing it will close within weeks.

Bosses at Sut­ton Oaks Care Cen­tre in Sut­ton broke the news to pa­tients, their rel­a­tives and staff on Au­gust 15.

Own­ers Can­ter­bury Care has un­til the end of Septem­ber to find new care homes for the res­i­dents, many of who have de­men­tia.

The clo­sure was prompted by the sale of the Lon­don Road prop­erty in Sut­ton, which is owned by Lon­don-based Quer- cus Nurs­ing Homes Limited.

The shock move comes at a time when de­men­tia care is a crit­i­cal is­sue in the town with the po­ten­tial clo­sure of Hollins Views care home.

The 30 staff at Sut­ton Oaks will have to ap­ply for jobs at the com­pany in­clud­ing its two other care homes in the town: the Rowans care home on Mer­ri­den Road and Wood­lands care home off Park Lane.

A rel­a­tive of a res­i­dent at Sut­ton oaks said the news had sent shock waves through the com­mu­nity. The woman, whose spoke anony­mously, said: “We have been told that they will find new homes but I can’t see where when I un­der­stand there is a short­age of places in the town. They only have a few weeks be­fore they have to leave. It is mov­ing too quickly.

“There are many peo­ple with de­men­tia at the home, in­clud­ing my rel­a­tive. There are peo­ple who have spent many years there.”

She also claimed there has been a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion by care home bosses.

She said: “I vis­ited the care home on Au­gust 15 only to find out there had been a meet­ing for rel­a­tives and staff that day. I ended up having five minute meet­ing with a man­ager about it.

“Al­most two weeks on and I have heard noth­ing else.

“It’s dis­gust­ing. I have spo­ken to other rel­a­tives of res­i­dents who share the same frus­tra­tion.”

A spokesper­son for the home moved to as­sure rel­a­tives that the clo­sure will be man­aged in the best in­ter­ests of the res­i­dents.

She said: “We ac­knowl­edge that this is a dif­fi­cult time for res­i­dents and their families and we are work­ing closely with them and the au­thor­i­ties to en­sure a safe tran­si­tion to new and ap­pro­pri­ate place­ments.

“A rel­a­tives’ meet­ing was called at very short no­tice to ad­vise as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, as quickly as pos­si­ble of the cir­cum­stances.

“All next of kin were also ad­vised by tele­phone. The build­ing, which is be­ing sold by the owner, re­quires ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion, which ne­ces­si­tates va­cant pos­ses­sion.

“It is be­lieved that a po­ten­tial new owner plans to un­der­take this work and even­tu­ally cre­ate a new care fa­cil­ity for the area. Around 30 staff are af­fected and will have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for jobs within the wider com­pany at other homes.”

Sut­ton Oaks, above, was built in 1875 for a lo­cal mill owner by ar­chi­tect Thomas Wor­thing­ton.

It was used as a con­va­les­cent home for war vic­tims and was once a lo­cal au­thor­ity res­i­den­tial home. Can­ter­bury Care be­gan rent­ing the build- ing in 2007.

The Grade II listed build­ing, which has 41 rooms, is be­ing sold by es­tate agent Sav­ille with a guide price of £1.2m.

The Ex­press was un­able to con­tact Quer­cus Nurs­ing Homes Limited for com­ment.

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