Discussions to be held over proposed closure of Abbeyfield House in Axminster

Charity Abbeyfield has confirmed it is proposing to close its assisted living home in Axminster, saying it has been a ‘very difficult decision’.

Discussions are to take place with residents and staff, with a final decision being announced later in the year.

The home, in Silver Street, has eight rooms rooms and a one-bedroom flat. It provides residents with meals and activities, along with support when required from staff.

Rumours that Abbeyfield House could close started circulating in the town last week.

Abbeyfield, which has 500 homes nationwide, told East Devon News.co.uk: “The wellbeing and comfort of our residents are always our top priorities.

“As a responsible charity and care provider, we regularly review the quality of our buildings to make sure they are sustainable and meet the current and future needs of residents and regulators.

“Following an in-depth review, we have decided that despite doing our best to maintain the home, its size and design mean that in the near future it is unlikely to meet the high standards residents and regulators expect, and that we pride ourselves on providing.

“Having considered all options available to us, we have made the very difficult decision to open discussions with residents and colleagues about our proposal to close the home.

“These discussions will run until November, after which a final decision on the future of the home will be made. No resident or staff member will be asked to leave the home until the beginning of 2020 at the earliest.”

The statement from Abbeyfield added: “A dedicated support team is already in place to support the discussion process and we have opened a dedicated information and support phone line for everyone who is affected.

“Should our proposal to close the home move forward, we will do everything we can to support residents to find a suitable new care home nearby.”

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