Uncertain times for care home residents

CARE home residents and staff at a local facility face uncertainty following news that it is to be returned to its landlord due to problems with its current operator.

After months of financial strife, Southern Cross Care Homes has announced it will no longer be operating the hundreds of facilities it runs throughout the UK, including one in Wainfleet.

It is hoped that other operators will step into the breach and, in the meantime, Southern Cross has expressed a commitment to ensuring that residents are cared for and its staff’s interests are safeguarded.

Chief executive Jamie Buchan said: “My objective, and that of my team, is to provide excellent care to every resident and to manage the programme of transition professionally.”

As yet no decision has been made about who will provide care for the 43 Wainfleet based residents, however relatives are confident that someone will step in to run the home due to its high quality facilities.

Elaine Tatley said: “It is a modern, purpose built facility, so I am sure that another company will take it on.

“I’d be more worried if it was one of the ramshackle run down homes that exist in other towns.”

Previously Mrs Tatley has contacted the Standard to praise the staff for the exceptional level of care they have provided her relative.

It is hoped that the staff will be retained on their current terms but in the unfortunate event of the care home closing, assurances have also been made by Lincolnshire County Council that no resident is left uncared for.

Executive member for adult social care and supporting people, Coun Graham Marsh, said: “We understand that the Southern Cross homes are not going to close in the short term, if at all.

“Transferring residents elsewhere is the last resort and we are hopeful that the homes can be taken on by alternative management or be restructured.

“Whatever happens, residents, their families and carers should be reassured that we’ll be working closely with them every step of the way to ensure as little disruption to their routine as possible.