ELDERLY residents have been told they have just days to leave a Fylde coast rest home after administrators announced its closure between Christmas and New Year.
Some 20 members of staff and eleven long-term residents were given just 28 days’ notice to vacate Palmtree Lodge Rest Home in Cleveleys.
The home, on Nutters Lane, has been in administration since January, but due to the loss of several residents and no potential buyer, it has been forced to close.
And administrators, Grant Thornton, yesterday told relatives they have until Thursday December 29, just 22 days, to find loved ones alternative accommodation.
Although staff confirmed the closure, they declined to speak further to The Gazette.
But in an anonymous letter to the paper, one worker said: “The announcement has reduced long time residents to tears. It couldn’t come at a worse time than over Christmas. It has been a very upsetting few days at Palmtree Lodge, for everyone involved.”
Matthew Dunham, an administrator at Grant Thornton, said it was not an easy decision to make, especially at this time of year.
He added: “The home went into administration in January and we have been trying to sell it. However we have found no serious buyers which has left us with no alternative but to close.
“It is something which has been going on for a very long time, but the only thing we can do now is close it while trying to minimise the upset to residents and employees. We have given 28 days notice, the time we have to give to the local authority who will work with us to try to re-home residents.
“If we could find any other time of year to close it we would, but there is no other option.”
Mr Dunham said he broke the news to relatives at a meeting at the home late yesterday afternoon.
The rest home made headlines last month when Kirsty Dunne, a part-time cleaner and general worker stole rings, necklaces and cash from a 90-year-old resident.
Dunne, 19, of Nutter Road, Cleveleys, avoided being put behind bars by a judge who gave her 18 weeks’ detention, suspended for a year, with 12 months’ supervision and 150 hours’ unpaid work.