Landmark care home now up for sale after sudden closure

A care home in Stafford which was abruptly shut down has been put up for sale.

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The Sister Dora Care Home in Milford was closed after a Care Quality Commission inspection

Elderly residents at the Sister Dora Care Home in Milford, on the edge of Cannock Chase, were moved up to 25 miles away following ‘serious concerns’ about the level of care.

Issues were raised after a visit by Care Quality Commission inspectors who took the decision to remove its registration.

The 32 people who lived in the home were moved to other homes as far away as Tamworth, Wednesfield and Burton upon Trent.

Now the home has come to the market in search for a new owner, either use as a care home or alternative use subject to planning permission. A price has not yet been set, with offers invited.

The home, which has 38 bedrooms, closed on December 1, 2016 and relatives of residents were told their family members had to be relocated within days.

Paul Reilly, associate director at Christie & Co’s Birmingham office, which is handling the sale, said the 1920s detached home was an excellent business opportunity.

“The building is well located and sits in approximately 1.5 acres of land so would be ideal for an experienced care operator who is looking to expand their portfolio,” he said.

“Or alternatively given its location on the edge of the Chase, it could be converted to a Bed and Breakfast for walkers or residential use subject to planning.

"Freehold offers are invited for the former Sister Dora Nursing Home.”

Relatives were left shocked and angered by the news of the closure at the start of December, with claims that some had been informed just hours beforehand.

Staffordshire County Council stepped in following the closure to help families find alternative accommodation for the residents of the privately-run home.

The care home, which is currently owned by Indigo Care Services, employed 42 staff members of staff.

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy also expressed his concerns for the welfare of residents after it closed.

The CQC will release a report outlining the reasons behind the closure in the near future.

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