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Families of residents in threatened South Yorkshire care home relieved that they can stay

The families of elderly people living in a care home that had been threatened with closure have reacted with relief tonight after an agreement was reached to keep it open for the foreseeable future.

Residents of Melton Court in Maltby were initally given just days to move out after it emerged the home had no licence because its owner is in prison. This afternoon Rotherham Council and the regulator, the Care Quality Commission, decided residents can stay while new management is found.

Care home residents can stay

A decision has been made about the future of a care home in Maltby, Rotherham.

Residents at Melton Court had been told they had to leave after it emerged the owner is in prison.

Rotherham Borough Council and the Care Quality Commission say they have reached an agreement about a course of action that allows residents to remain at the care home while the owner finds someone else who is able to apply for registration to CQC in order to run the care home.

This is the result of ongoing discussions between the two organisations who maintain that the safety and care of residents has been the primary concern of the council and CQC and together we have been looking for a solution that maintains continuity of care as far as possible.

– Rotherham Borough Council & Care Quality Commission

They continued:

CQC has provided assurances that no prosecutions will be made while the registration application from the potential provider is being considered and the council and CQC will seek to bring this situation to a close as quickly as possible. The authority welcomes these assurances from CQC and will continue to provide an on site presence within the home during this period to ensure that the well-being and safety of residents is maintained. Together we will support the management of any quality and safety risks to ensure that the right outcomes are delivered for the residents and their families.

– Rotherham Borough Council & Care Quality Commission

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Care home future uncertain

Elderly people living at Melton Court in Maltby were given just days to move out after it emerged the home had no licence because its owner is in prison. A new owner stepped in to offer a reprieve but that was turned down by Rotherham Borough Council.

Melton Court Care Home

But now representatives from the council and the regulator, the Care Quality Commission, are due to give a final decision at a meeting with staff, residents and their families, later today.

Elderly residents face eviction from care home

The elderly and frail residents of a private care home in Maltby , near Rotherham have been told they've got only days to find somewhere else to live. The home is being closed after it emerged the owner is in prison and his licence to run the service was removed.

But their families say they haven't had enough notice to find alternative accommodation, and believe such a move risks damaging the health of their loved ones. Now they're seeking an injunction to keep the home open, as Lisa Adlam reports.

Care home: statement from Rotherham Council;

A spokesperson for Rotherham Borough Council said the authority was fully aware of the concerns being expressed by residents at Melton Court and their relatives following the decision by the Care Quality Commission and was doing all it could to help and minimise the disruption to their lives.

She said seven social workers, three district nurses and voluntary organisations had been at the home working together with senior representatives from the authority, assisting with the move and addressing the concerns of the residents and their relatives.

"We appreciate this is an extremely difficult time for a group of elderly people who have lived at one particular residential home for a long period and our priority throughout this process will be their well-being. Once we were informed of the CQC's decision to deregister the privately-run home, we and our NHS partners then had no option but to put our Home Closure Protocol into place. We are working very closely with all our partners and the staff at the home and committing all our resources to transfer the 21 residents as quickly as possible over the next ten days.

– Rotherham Borough Council

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Care home: statement from Care Quality Commission

The folllowing is a statement from the Care Quality Commission, the new independent regulator of all health and adult social care in England:

CQC has had long-standing concerns regarding the registration of Melton Court Care Centre in Rotherham. These concerns centre on the registered provider Mr Ishtiak Zahir’s fitness to provide care services, his inability to oversee the day-to-day running of the home due to his current imprisonment, and his failure to pay registration fees. After careful consideration CQC decided to cancel the provider’s registration and notified this to Mr Ishtiak Zahir by letter on 19 September 2012.

He chose not to appeal against this decision and, therefore, as of 23 November 2012, Melton Court has been operating without CQC registration and cannot continue to operate as a care home. We recognise the disruption and anxiety our decision will cause to the people living at Melton Court but have an overarching obligation to the public to ensure that all providers of services to vulnerable people are fit to hold registration.

Our priority at this time is to work with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to ensure that people living at Melton Court are safe and are supported to find suitable alternative accommodation.

– Care Quality Commission

Elderly told find a new home within days

Elderly people living in a care home in South Yorkshire may only have days to find new accommodation after it was ordered to close. Residents have been told the Care Quality Commission is shutting down Melton Court in Maltby as soon as next Friday.

Its licence has been removed since it emerged the owner is in prison. But their families say they have had only a week's notice and the move will cause enormous suffering for their loved ones. They are now taking legal advice.

Sue Cartlidge says her 87 year old mother, Doreen, is heartbroken.

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