Sheffield care homes set to close

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Sheffield care home group Sheffcare has confirmed it is closing two care homes as it takes over a new property.

Sheffcare will be closing its two nearby Gleadless properties, Paddock Hill and Castelayn, as it takes over the currently empty Newfield Nursing Home building in Cat Lane, Heeley, which was previously owned and operated by Palms Row Health Care.

Residents in both homes will be offered new accommodation in either the Newfield home or at any of the eight other Sheffcare properties across Sheffield

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Sheffcare bosses say the closures are part of a modernisation programme and the charity has no plans to make any redundancies at this stage, nor will will residents be faced with increased costs.

The new Newfield propertyThe new Newfield property
The new Newfield property

Sheffcare Chief Executive Claire Rintoul, said: “Our first priority always has to be the comfort and safety of our residents and it is with that in mind that we have made the decision to buy Newfield.

“Castelayn and Paddock Hill both date back to the 1960s and are part of an increasingly aged stock inherited by Sheffcare when we took them over from local authority control.

“We have taken the decision to close both sites as Newfield offers all ensuite facilities and a much higher standard of accommodation than we could ever provide at Castelayn and Paddock Hill.

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“We know that this announcement may cause some anxiety to our residents and their families but they will be kept fully informed at every stage of the process and we will make the transition as smooth as possible.

“Our ultimate aim is, of course, to make sure that everybody will be able to enjoy the accommodation they want.”

The process of winding down the two homes and opening the new site will begin immediately, with an opening for Newfield planned for October this year.

Claire added: “Both Castelayn and Paddock Hill have been extremely popular homes through several generations but looking to the future we have to ensure we have properties that are fit for purpose."

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The care sector in Sheffield was particularly badly hit by coronavirus, last year with hundreds of deaths taking place across the city’s homes.