Anger as elderly residents face eviction from Doncaster care home

Frail elderly residents - some of which are receiving end-of-life care - face being evicted when a Doncaster care home closes at short notice, relatives claim.

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 12:38 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:42 am
Amethyst House Care Home. Picture: Google
Amethyst House Care Home. Picture: Google

Furious members of the public have vented their anger on Facebook amid claims Amethyst House Care Home in Rossington is set to close its doors within 30 days.

The facility is run by Four Seasons Health Care and there are believed to be around 20 elderly residents at the facility, some which have dementia and are receiving end of life palliative care.

Residents say they found out about the closure through Facebook rather than being told directly by care home bosses and now face finding alternative accommodation quickly. There are also concerns that more than 30 staff face potential redundancy.

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Imogen Challis said: "Come from a meeting at my mother-in-law's nursing home where we were told she, along with all other residents, are being evicted because the local authority can no longer afford to commission care from the Four Seasons group who lease the property meaning the nursing home is no longer viable.

"Profit before people! She is 96 with Alzheimer's, unable to walk, and no capacity mental or otherwise. 30 day consultation before closure plans enacted."

Jane Anderson said: "As if it was not bad enough for the 36 staff to be made redundant and 21 residents to be made homeless they found out not from Four Seasons but from Facebook."

Rossington and Bawtry councillor John Cooke said: "Sadly, Doncaster Council has officially been notified by the owners that Amethyst House Care Home is to close.

"This is tragic news for all the good, hardworking and loyal staff who have dedicated their time and professional effort over the years. Hopefully a new buyer can be found in good time to retain the staff and maintain an excellent facility for Rossington."

The care home operators and Doncaster Council have been contacted for comment and we are awaiting a response.