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Ageing Stourbridge care home closing over building safety fears

By Jamie Brassington | Stourbridge | Health | Published:

A care home is to close its doors weeks before Christmas amid fears the building is unsafe

Prestwood House, on Wolverhampton Road, Stourbridge, will shut its doors on November 29.

Thirty-seven elderly residents will be transferred to other care homes, while some staff will be offered alternative employment.

Directors said the closure was a "difficult decision to make".

Prestwood House was rated Good by the Care Quality Commission during an inspection on September 10.

Two other nearby care homes, Prestwood Lodge and Prestwood Coach House, which are run by the same operator Prestwood Care, will remain open.

Rob Hunter, a director, said: "Having operated Prestwood House for 34 years, this decision has not been taken lightly.

"We have investigated a number of alternative scenarios, and despite annual investment into the upkeep and fabric of the home, we feel we are unable to ensure our clients and staff have a safe environment from which we can deliver our high quality care.

"We are working closely with Staffordshire Council's commissioning department to facilitate client transfers to our sister homes or alternative accommodation, ensuring that these are completed in a safe and dignified manner.

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"Many of our staff have been employed by us for many years and where possible they will be offered alternative employment within our other care homes."

Residents and their families were told about the decision during a meeting on October 8.

A family friend of a resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "They said it's not a viable business option to keep it open because there's repairs that need doing to it.

"We're as good as family to one gentleman, and nothing has been too much for staff in that time.

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"We've now got eight weeks to find somewhere else for him to live which is as good as this place.

"It's desperately sad, the home is second-to-none."

Dudley Council is also assisting with the closure process.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “We are aware of the situation and are working with the home and all the residents and their families to ensure the provision of safe ongoing care and support.”

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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