31 beds to go as care home in Buxton closes

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A care home which looks after 31 elderly people will be closing at the end of October leaving residents looking for alternative care accommodation and staff redundant.

Derby House on Broad Walk, Buxton has confirmed it will cease to provide services from the end of October.

Joint owner Helen Boulton said: “It has been a family business since 1980 and it was a very difficult decision to make.

“Nationally there has been 73 nursing homes closing in the first six months of the year which is more closures than there was in 2015.

“Our struggle in the industry is not unique we are facing nursing shortages and red tape from the Care Quality Commission just as everyone is.”

The home is run and managed by siblings Paul Brindley and Helen Boulton who took over from their parents when they retired.

Derby House looks after 31 mixed sex, elderly residents aged 65 and over including one physically disabled resident.

Buxton resident Roy Booth is concerned how this closure will impact on the elderly people who use the service.

He said: “Not only will this result in job losses but is creating huge problems to relatives in finding alternative homes for their loved ones.

“Good quality, affordable care homes are few in Buxton. Those that are full have long waiting lists.

“This underlines the folly of closing beds and wards at the Cavendish without first ensuring there are enough suitable places available in the private sector.”

Helen says the company is working with social services to ease the transition.

She said: “Legally we only have to give 28 days notice but we have given 40 days notice and we hope that people can suitable alternatives.

“We have given more notice because we wanted to make it as easy as possible for everyone involved.

“We are never going to please everyone with our decision but circumstances have forced us into it this and it is not something we have done lightly and we really are sad to be doing this.”

The company has chosen not to sell the business as a growing concern given the state of the sector and believe it is more financially viable to sell up.
When asked how many staff were being made redundant Helen did not answer however she said: “Thanks to all the staff who have worked here both past and present for your hard work and dedication which has given us such a good reputation over the years.”
She added: “The feeling at Derby House is one of sadness and one of understanding. Some staff members have been with us for 20 years and it feels like a family.

“Everyone understands the pressures we have been up against the last few months and accept our decision.”