Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Devastation for Staff and Residents at Care Home

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Devastation for Staff and Residents at Care Home

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A DEMENTIA charity is set to close one of its Teesside care homes due to "continued financial challenges." Up to 17 people at Clevearc's home in Kirkdale, Thornaby - a home opened by Princess Diana in 1992 - could be affected by the proposed closure, which puts 43 roles at risk of redundancy. Four roles at the charity's Guisborough day centre are also at risk.

Clevearc - Cleveland Alzheimer's Residential Centre - was formed 30 years ago to support people from Stockton and the surrounding area living with dementia.

It operates two specialist nursing homes on Thornaby's Teesdale site - Kirkdale and Allison House - a Guisborough day centre and several community projects.

Over the years, the charity has supported thousands of people in the area throughout their journey living with dementia, and their families.

But chairman of the board of trustees, Alan King, says ongoing cash struggles mean they've been left with little choice but to seek to close one home.

He said: "With huge regret and sadness, we have told staff and families this week that because of the ongoing financial struggles we face, and will continue to face if no changes are made, we have to propose the closure of Kirkdale.

"As a small, local charity, we are providing care services at a time of very challenging national and local economic circumstances which are only set to become more challenging. Meanwhile, the costs of providing services which meet the very complex needs of our client group continue to increase.

We are distressed give this news.

"Changes in approach to care mean there is not the same demand for places and services such as ours as there was in the past and due to our size, we Alan King, board of have very limited reserves. Because of these economic challenges, we now have to make the toughest decisions that have ever faced Clevearc.

"The very hard fact is there is not enough money available for Clevearc to run as it has done. We have had to consider the closure of some parts of, and possibly the whole, charity. …

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