Shawe Lodge Nursing Home in Urmston and Shawe House Care Home in Flixton, Trafford, are to close this month, blaming years of local authority underfunding and an unsupportive regulator.
Shawe House Care is committed to providing high quality care for all of its residents. However, the long term issue of underfunding at Shawe Lodge and Shawe House has gradually impacted on the standard of care that can be provided at both homes. Both homes had received an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’ from the CQC, although both are rated ‘good’ for caring category.
Senior management at Shawe House Care sought to work with the CQC to find a solution that met the needs of residents at both homes, and in the wider area, but were deeply disappointed by what they considered to be an unsupportive response.
In 2017 Care England, the national representative body for independent care providers, commissioned an independent report into the True Cost of Care and Social Care Underfunding. This report estimated that the ‘true cost of care’ shortfall in funding for the financial year 2016/17 was at least £3bn in England alone, far outstripping the £2bn of additional funding outlined in the Budget earlier that year.
Operations director Umi Barwell said: “Our priority is always to provide the best care for residents, and we are working closely with every family to find alternative places that are right for each resident. We are simply not able to provide the levels of care they rightly expect under the current funding arrangement.”