The Church of England Pensions Board has announced plans to close Manormead Nursing Home, its 33-bed home near Hindhead, Surrey for CofE beneficiaries requiring nursing care.
Dr Jonathan Spencer, Chair of the Board, said:
"After more than 60 years of the Pensions Board providing care and nursing at Manormead, this has been a heart-breaking decision to make. However, the safety and wellbeing of our residents is paramount, and we will not compromise that in any way.
"We have always provided a very high standard of care and support to everyone in our nursing home. But over the last couple of years we have found it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain nursing and care staff, and we are now reaching the point where we will be unable to staff the home in a way which meets the needs of our residents and minimises the risks to them and others. We continue to protect the safety and wellbeing of residents by supplementing our staff with agency nurses and carers, but our increasing reliance on agency staff is not sustainable in the longer term.
"We know that this is a very difficult time for our residents and their families. We will work very closely with each of them over the coming months as they choose where to move to. We will then do all we can to ensure that their moves to new homes are as smooth as possible."
This will be a carefully managed process, with the home finally closing by 31 March 2017.
The closure is of the nursing home only; not the Pension Board's supported housing on the same site at Manormead, nor any of the other six supported housing schemes around the country.
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