ExtraCare has entered a period of consultation over the proposed
closure of The Lady Forester Community Nursing Home and Forester's
Court Sheltered Housing Scheme in Much Wenlock.
The single-site schemes are owned and managed by the Trust and
support elderly residents living there with a team of 28 staff.
Staff at the schemes have provided an excellent standard of
personal support and nursing care for local older people since
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Following a period of consultation which began on 28th May 2010, a
decision on closure will be taken after 31st July 2010. If the
closure option is taken, this will not occur before January 31st
2011. The land and buildings would be offered for sale by the
The decision to move forward with these proposals has been taken
with considerable regret and follows a five year period during
which the Trust has willingly sustained an ongoing commitment to
the schemes, despite operating losses of over £336,000.
Trust Sought Re-Development Solution
In 2005, the Trust pursued a planning application with Bridgnorth
District Council to re-develop the site so that it could operate a
larger, viable housing scheme for older people. This application
was turned down. Since that time the Trust has explored a number of
re-development options, including the sale of the schemes as an
ongoing concern. Despite the Trust's significant efforts, no
successful solution has been found.
£2m to Repair and Upgrade
The nursing home now requires £2m to repair and upgrade its
facilities if, in future years, it is to be maintained as a
comfortable and safe environment for the residents who live
The proposed closure is therefore a response to the poor state of
the nursing home building, the absence of any viable re-development
plan or sale, and the continuing losses the Trust feels it can no
Support For Residents, Relatives and Staff
ExtraCare is concerned to ensure that residents and their
families, volunteers and staff are supported carefully and
sensitively, and an extensive process of consultation and guidance
is already underway.
The Trust is working closely with Shropshire Council to consider
suitable, alternative care homes or very sheltered housing
accommodation which could provide ongoing care and support for
those residents affected by a proposed closure. Each resident would
have the support of a team and a dedicated 'key worker' to help
them to settle into their new home.
Staff affected by the proposals will be fully supported,
individually, and given assistance with finding alternative
employment wherever possible.
The Trust is also concerned to contact local organisations that
have generously given money for equipment, or made donations for
specific purposes linked to the schemes. In the event of closure,
every effort would be made to ensure that equipment could be used
High Standard of Care
Nick Abbey, Chief Executive of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust,
"Our Trust prides itself on providing a high standard of care for
older people, living locally in the communities where we operate
our schemes and villages. Our staff are highly-valued; many have
dedicated their time and expertise and shown great kindness towards
our residents over many years.
"The decision to enter a period of consultation is taken with deep
regret and follows an extended period of deliberation. It follows a
five year period during which the Trust has been willing to support
the schemes, despite ongoing losses and our considerable efforts to
find a viable, alternative solution to these unwelcome
"Our primary concern is for our residents and staff. The Trust
will make every reasonable effort to support and guide each person
involved, taking consideration of their needs and wishes at this