Care home chiefs com­mit to clo­sure ‘with heavy heart’

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CLARA NEHAB House care home in Gold­ers Green is set to close later this year.

Trustees of the home, which is owned by Leo Baeck Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, took the de­ci­sion in the light of the sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment re­quired to meet changes to fire and health and safety reg­u­la­tions. An­other fac­tor in their de­lib­er­a­tions was the home be­ing no longer suit­able to meet the com­plex care needs of to­day’s clients.

Hav­ing con­sid­ered a range of op­tions, they said “it is with a heavy heart we have reached this de­ci­sion. We ex­pect the home will close later this year.”

In meet­ings held with res­i­dents, rel­a­tives and staff, they stressed their im­me­di­ate pri­or­ity was to en­sure the 20 res­i­dents were placed in suit­able al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion. A home spokesman said the news was greeted by “an over­whelm­ing feel­ing of sad­ness”.

Jewish Care has of­fered help in re­lo­cat­ing clients to Jewish Care prop­er­ties or homes ad­min­is­tered by other providers.

All 30 LBHA em­ploy­ees face re­dun­dancy and will be of­fered in­ter­views with Jewish Care to dis­cuss pos­si­ble job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Once the home has closed, LBHA trustees will wind down the as­so­ci­a­tion. Af­ter the build­ing is sold and li­a­bil­i­ties met, the re­main­ing as­sets will be dis­trib­uted to or­gan­i­sa­tions pro­vid­ing care and sup­port to UK Jewry.

The spokesman sug­gested that a “seven fig­ure sum” would be dis­trib­uted.

A seven fig­ure sum will be dis­trib­uted af­ter sale’

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