Highcare’s had enough

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

By Geoff Hodgson Confrontation, accusations of insincerity and unresolved conflict were the key outcomes of a public meeting in Somerset, called by care home owners and held in Bridgwater on December 13. The meeting was held after eight nursing homes in the Sedgemoor and Somerset coastal areas refused to accept new admissions from social services at the existing fee rate of £330 per week. Eleven residents at St Margaret’s nursing home in Bridgwater had been served eviction notices by owners The Highcare Group, which said the home faced closure under the existing funding regime. However, Highcare operations director Ron Whitehead told the 40-plus people attending the meeting that individual sponsors had come forward to support the eleven residents and the eviction notices, which were to have come into effect three days before Christmas, had been withdrawn. Highcare chairman Barry Giddings said Highcare had joined with seven other nursing homes in the area to refuse further admissions from social services. “W

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