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25-bed Devon care home to close on 1st March as new 80-bed home opens


The Dartmouth Chronicle has published a news article outlining that Windward Nursing Home in Stoke Fleming will be closing its doors on Friday, March 1. 2013.
Residents of the care home and their families were notified of the closure on Saturday, February 2, meaning they now have less than a month to find a new home.
The care home currently has 18 residents and 32 members of staff and all will now have to move somewhere new.
Robert Gunn is the owner of the nursing home on Dartmouth Road. It was his decision to close the care home after more than 16 years in business.
Mr Gunn said: ‘Four years ago we had a discussion with the planned new care home, now Riverview Care Centre, and we came to an arrangement that we would stay open until they opened, allowing patients and staff to have the opportunity to move across.’
Riverview Care Centre opened at the end of January 2013 and cost £5 million to build.
The care centre provides 80 accommodation units for its residents.
All the 32 members of staff that currently work at Windward will be made redundant. However, a vast majority will be moving over to Riverview Care Centre.
But some of the current residents of Windward feel the rates at Riverview are too high for them and are left unsure of where go.
Mr Gunn assured patients and their families that they will work alongside Social Services in Dartmouth to find places for all 18 of the current patients.
‘Every patient is allocated a social worker who protects the welfare and well being of each patient and works with them and their families to find somewhere suitable to move on to’, he added.
A spokesmanfor Devon County Council and NHS Devon, which fund a number of the residents at Windward Nursing Home, said: ‘The owner of the home has informed us of his intention to close the home.
‘We’re therefore in the process of assessing the care needs of residents who are eligible for our support, and helping them and their families identify alternative accommodation that can meet their needs.
‘Privately funded residents are also being offered assistance in helping find alternative accommodation.’
Windward nursing home first opened in 1996, providing accommodation for up to 25 residents.
The home is currently managed by Carole Wells who, along with the rest of the staff, has reportedly done ‘a sterling job’, of running the home over the years.
As to the future of the site, South Hams Council issued a Certificate of Lawful Development in January 2013 to Mr Gunn for the proposed use of the site as nine residential apartments. As of yet, no full planning applications have been submitted regarding this development.

Source: The Dartmouth Chronicle

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