Care home set to close

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Montrose Care Home is set to close due to “a combination of factors”, its parent company this week said.

Four Seasons Health Care is currently in consultation with the home’s 29 permanent staff about the proposal which the company said had been put forward “reluctantly.”

John Kirk, managing director in Scotland, said: “The proposal to cease operating the home has not been arrived at easily, but we think it is unavoidable based on a combination of factors. The principal reason is that the home has been operating at a very substantial loss.

“It has been difficult to recruit and retain permanent nursing staff of the right calibre, because of a national shortage of nurses, so the home has been reliant on temporary agency nurses, at high cost, to maintain staffing levels. The home is currently operating at a little below half its capacity.”

Mr Kirk added that the well-being of the home’s 13 residents is paramount and that the company, which operates 37 other care homes across Scotland, will give them and their relatives “plenty of time” to find suitable alternative placements.

He continued: “We will do everything we can to ensure there is no disruption to their care during this time. “We would welcome applications for staff to transfer to the company’s other homes in the area, subject to suitable vacancies being available..”

Mr Kirk added that the decision to close any home is not taken lightly but the company, has to focus on homes that are operating successfully.