Sutton care home to close with loss of 33 jobs

ELDERLY folk will have to find new accommodation and 33 people are set to lose their jobs after bosses at a Sutton care home announced plans to close it.

Mimosa Healthcare, which runs Clarence Care Home on Huthwaite Road, says it intends to close the facility in May because of an ‘over capacity of residential care beds available in the area’.

The home has a total of 47 beds available but there are currently just 16 residents living there.

Now bosses at Mimosa, which has run Clarence for the past decade, say they will work with Nottinghamshire County Council’s Social Services, the residents and their families to ensure those living at the home are relocated with minimum disruption.

Mimosa has also given the council a 90-day notice of the planned closure.

The decision has also dealt a blow to Ashfield’s fragile economy and a consultation process is now underway regarding redundancy notices for the 33 staff members. The firm has pledged to help find other employment opportunities for them.

Said regional director, Maria Booth: “We are very sad to be making this decision and as a company we looked at all of the options to find an alternative to closure.

“Clarence is a good home and we have provided high levels of care to our residents through the years.

“However, we rely primarily on referrals and placements from Nottinghamshire County Council and given the over capacity of available beds in the area we are unable to reach the numbers of residents required to make the home viable.

“Our focus now is to ensure that we can support the process of relocating our 16 residents to other care facilities and also to support our members of staff through this difficult time.”

But Ashfield district councillor Ray Buttery said: “What worries me is that we have got more unemployed people and we have also got people who have got to find somewhere to live. If it does close, what’s going to happen to the building? It could become a magnet for vandals.”

David Hamilton, service director for personal care and support at the county council said: “Residents are being assessed and we aim to move them to an alternative home which best suits their needs and wishes in agreement with their relatives or carers.

“As with all transfers of this kind, we will try to minimise the stress and anxiety caused by the closure and the move as much as possible.”

“The county council was given 90 days notice of the closure date (8th May) by Mimosa. The home may close earlier if all residents are transferred ahead of the closure date.”