Homes close in bed-short Bristol

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

A Bristol nursing home owner closed his 69-bed Avonleigh home in late November and plans to close another 29-bed nursing home at the end of January. Owner Bernard Mealing says both homes are being sold for alternative use. Mr Mealing told Caring Times that a 129-bed home was scheduled to close on December 14, and that eight care homes had closed in Bristol City in the past year. He said there was now a bed shortage in north Bristol. Mr Mealing, who has operated care homes for the last 15 years, said many operators had lost confidence in the sector. “In Snade Park, the area where I operated my homes, there are only three out of eight care homes left,” he said. When the valuers came to look at Avonleigh they looked at it as a going concern and as a site for new development. There was a £1 million difference in favour of a new development. Where is the incentive to continue?” Mr Mealing said he knew of many care home owners who did not have the option to close and sell their properties for alternative use. “The

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