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Residents shocked at Ripon care home closure

Clova House Care Home Ripon

3:46pm 16th January 2018
(Updated 4:38pm 16th January 2018)

A care home in Ripon is closing.

Residents have reacted with shock to the news that the Clova House Care Home in the city will be closed possibly at the end of the month.

A meeting has been going on this afternoon and staff from North Yorkshire county council have been there too.

The home  offers 24-hour residential care to suit individual need, ranging from permanent residential care to shorter respite or intermediate care.

It's  run by Four Seasons Health Care in a converted property on Clotherholme Road and It stands in its own grounds with views over our landscaped gardens.

Marjorie Condacos, Regional Managing Director of Four Seasons Health Care, said:

“The proposal to cease operating the home has not been arrived at easily and it is based on a combination of factors.

We have had local difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff with the right level of skills.

This has necessitated a high use of temporary agency staff and it has resulted in challenges to maintain the standards that we expect all of our homes to provide and we are not prepared to see Clova House continue to struggle.

The home has not been financially sustainable for some time.

It now requires significant expenditure to bring it to the standards that we require for a modern care home and this cannot be justified as the local market conditions to not offer a realistic prospect of improving its viability.

“The wellbeing of residents is our priority and we will work closely with North Yorkshire County Council’s Social Services team to ensure that families are supported to make appropriate care arrangements.

Clova House will continue to provide care while we allow plenty of time for this.”

The home currently has 21 residents, which is only about two thirds of its capacity.

The company is beginning a consultation process with the care team about the proposed closure.

North Yorkshire County Council has been informed that Clova House Care Home in Ripon is to close.

The wellbeing of residents is the priority for the authority and the County Council’s social services team is working closely with owner Four Seasons Health Care, residents, their families and carers to ensure that residents and their families are supported in making suitable alternative care arrangements.

The Council aims to make the transition of moving to a new home as smooth as possible and will provide support during this period.

 

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