A major care provider in Sussex has confirmed the closure of six of its homes, following a series of damning reports by inspectors.
The residential facilities run by Sussex Health Care (SHC) were for adults with ‘profound and multiple learning disabilities’ all shut in advance of a self-imposed deadline of Thursday, 30 September.
Residents have now been “transferred to new placements within the agreed timeframe”, the company said.
The affected care homes were:
Beech Lodge, Horsham
Orchard Lodge, Horsham
Kingsmead Lodge, Horsham
Beechcroft Care Centre, East Grinstead
Wisteria Lodge, Uckfield
The Granary, Broadbridge Heath (partial closure)
CQC inspectors had said in August that they would have taken action over Beech Lodge, if managers had not decided to close it. Inspectors concluded that care at the home was “unacceptable” and “people were not being protected from abuse or neglect”.
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A SHC spokesperson said that “most staff” were given the option to transfer to other services within the company, but some “took the opportunity to pursue other avenues”.
West Sussex County Council said it has been working with the NHS to support the affected residents and their families.
The council added that all the moves to “appropriate” new homes were “carried out safely and in line with Covid-19 guidance”.
It is understood a long-running Sussex Police inquiry into the deaths of a number of residents at care homes run by Sussex Health Care remains open.