Shock after bosses announce sudden closure of Sheffield care home

Elderly residents face being evicted after bosses have announced the closure of a care home in Sheffield.
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Hartwell Residential Home, in Ecclesfield, is closing because it has been 'operating at a substantial loss,' according to care home bosses.

Representatives from Four Seasons Health Care, which runs the facility, met with the relatives of the 26 residents on Friday evening to tell them of the plans.

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Gillian Parker, of Penistone, whose 90-year-old mother Ivy Parkin suffers with Alzheimer's and lives at the home, said it was a distressing time for everyone.

"People are really, really distressed. The staff there are wonderful and have absolutely miracles with my mum," she said.

"I was so shocked when they told us. We just thought it was a relatives meeting to discuss day-to-day things at the home.

"It is ultimately all down to money, but the upshot of this is that this is really going to set people back.

"My mum is going to be so distressed when we tell her."

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In a statement, Four Seasons Health Care said it planned to close the home and was consulting staff.

It said: "Four Seasons Health Care announces with sadness that it intends to cease operating Hartwell Care Home, in Sheffield.

"We do not want to close any home, but Hartwell has been operating at a substantial loss as the fees it is receiving do not cover its operating costs.

"For a long while we effectively have been paying in order to continue to provide care for each resident and we can no longer sustain this. The closure plan has not been arrived at easily, but we see no way to make the home viable.

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"The company is undertaking a consultation process with the staff about the proposed closure.

"We will work closely with Sheffield City Council to help families to find a suitable alternative care home. Hartwell Care Home will continue to provide care while we allow plenty of time for this to happen."