NCHA chair’s care home in Kent closes


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

Low fees, staffing problems and National Minimum Standards have seen the recent demise of hundreds of small care homes across England. One of the latest to succumb is the 19-bed Headcorn Hall, in Headcorn, Kent, which closed in late October. Headcorn Hall is owned by Nadra Ahmed, the chairman of the National Care Homes Association (NCHA). Mrs Ahmed said she was devastated by the closure of her care home and its implications for both residents and staff. She says the decision was made due to a combination of problems – recruitment and retention of staff in rural Kent, the level of local authority fees, and having to constantly find funds to pay for improvements to meet new environmental standards, while also modernising the 100-year-old manor house. “We have worked desperately hard to try and keep the home open but we simply cannot provide the quality of care we want in the present financial climate, and with the continual problem of trying to recruit staff to this sector,” Mrs Ahmed said. “Two thirds of our r





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