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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Cumbrian care home to close with loss of 25 jobs after damning reports

A care home is closing just weeks after being the subject of two damning reports.

Meadow Bank, Curthwaite, care home photo
Meadow Bank

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The ill health of the owner of Meadow Bank Nursing Home means it will shut in three months, with the loss of 25 jobs.

Work is also underway to find new homes for the 18 residents of the establishment, at Curthwaite, near Carlisle.

Proprietor Linda Sheehan - who runs it under her previous name of Linda Whalley - is working with regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Cumbria County Council’s adult social care team.

She told the News & Star that she has a potentially life-threatening health condition which will prevent her from carrying out the necessary improvements ordered by the CQC.

Mrs Sheehan said: “I am very sad to close the home. It’s been part of my life for 25 years and it will be a big wrench. I need to devote time to myself and my health now.

"The staff have been so supportive, to the degree where they are covering extra shifts and helping in general.We are liaising fully with adult social care so I am sure the residents are placed in the best homes.”

The watchdog visited the home in November and January. In total, over the course of their two visits, inspectors assessed nine key standards at Meadow Bank – and ruled it had failed every one of them.

Asked about the impact of the CQC reports on her decision, Mrs Sheehan said: “It is part and parcel. The CQC have put certain requirements on me, some of which are long-term.

“The building was overcrowded and too small. We were going to extend and it would have meant taking out extra loans, but with my ill-health that isn’t possible.”

A spokeswoman for the CQC said: “We are aware of the owner’s decision to cancel her registration and know that she has informed Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and the local authority.

“They are working together to move residents to alternative accommodation.”

The county council today said the safety and wellbeing of the residents was the priority and its staff will be working to minimise the impact of change on them.

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