Shock at care home closure

New owner Joanne Gallagher outside the Glenmarie Care Home in South Shore which is being closed having failed to meet national standards.
New owner Joanne Gallagher outside the Glenmarie Care Home in South Shore which is being closed having failed to meet national standards.
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Elderly residents are being forced to find somewhere to live after a troubled care home was closed down.

Relatives of people living at the Glenmarie Care Home in South Shore were given a week’s notice the home was being closed because of failures to meet national standards of care.

But new owner Joanne Gallagher says she has not been given enough time to prove she can make the home better.

Many of the home’s 11 residents have dementia and are said to be struggling to come to terms with being turfed out.

One relative, who did not wish to be named, said his mother, who is in her 90s, was adamant she was not moving.

He said: “I’ve told her twice she’s going to have to move, and she understands but she says ‘I am not moving. This my home.’

“It’s really going to be very stressful and upsetting for her to have to move. I was in shock when I was told – I couldn’t believe it. There doesn’t seem to be any reason for it.”

The closure, which comes after Blackpool and Lancashire County councils ordered their residents to be rehomed, will also cost 11 jobs.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited the home in January, when they determined it was failing standards in care and welfare.

They found a poor standard of hygiene in most rooms and carpets were stained and dirty.

They also observed unsafe procedures when moving residents which put them and staff members at ‘risk of injury’.

Miss Gallagher, 37, who officially took over at the premises in January, said: “I have treated all the residents like family.

“What’s happening now is just not fair.”

The building was once owned by Miss Gallagher’s parents Cynthia and William.

It has fallen into disrepair over the years, but Miss Gallagher claims to have invested more than £10,000 into the property on Harrow Place.

She added: “My main concern is the residents and staff.”

A spokesman for the CQC confirmed: “We have concerns about Glenmarie Care Home and its failure to comply with national standards of care.

“Our priority is to ensure services users receive the 
care they are entitled to and we will not hesitate to take 
action to ensure this happens.”

Blackpool and Lancashire councils, which previously both sent clients to the home, began moving people out last week.

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “This is a necessary step to ensure all adults are well cared for.”

County Hall said two residents from Lancashire had chosen new accommodation.

Today, only five residents remained at the home.

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