Shawe Lodge Nursing Home in Urmston and Shawe House Care Home in Flixton are to close in May 2018. The care provider running them cannot be certain that it will be able to meet the care needs of residents in the future, following years of receiving fees from the local authority, Trafford Council, that do not meet operating costs. In addition, the provider has cited a lack of support or willingness to work in partnership from the national care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Ampersand Care Ltd, the operator of the two homes, made the decision to close Shawe House after unsuccessful attempts, over the past year, to increase the fees in each home. Concerns were expressed by the provider regarding ability to sustain levels of service going forward. With the intended closure of Shawe House the providers intended to focus their resources on the redevelopment of the larger and more appropriate environment at Shawe Lodge. At the same time, the CQC has failed to support the provider in seeking alternative solutions. A period of six weeks for this investment was deemed inappropriate by the CQC and consequently the company has no choice but to close both homes. The priority now is to ensure that residents at both homes are helped to find alternative placements that meet their individual care needs.