Coronavirus: Cheshire care home forced to close its doors – leaving residents in turmoil
Residents at a care home in Cheshire have left in turmoil, after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to suddenly close its doors.
Ryan Care Residential, a small family run business in Runcorn, housed 15 people, but after losing five residents to coronavirus, the home was unable to fill the vacant beds.
The local authority stepped in to financially support the home, but its COVID-19 funding stopped after only three weeks – giving owners no other option but to close the home.
Residents are being moved into new accommodation, but for many of them, leaving the home’s close-knit community is going to be difficult.
“It’s been pretty traumatic”, Elaine Hughes, whose mother was at the home, told the Sky News Daily podcast.
Ms Hughes’ mother has dementia, and will now be moved to another home in the area.
She said: “My mum’s been in this home for about seven-and-a-half years now, so she’s settled, she knows all the staff there – they’re her familiar faces.
“The fact that she’s having to move where she’s not going to know anyone, we’re not going to know anyone. We’ve not been able to go into the new care home that’s she been assigned to, just to even have a look around. It’s not very pleasant.”
“We just want her to be in this care home.”
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