'Cash crisis' at Kinver and Penn care homes could force move

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Relatives fear the elderly residents could be forced to move out

Elderly residents at two privately-run care homes in the Midlands could be forced to move out because of financial problems, relatives fear.

The Homestead in Kinver, Staffordshire, and the Knoll House in Penn, Wolverhampton, are facing a "crisis" according to one relative.

Both are run by Elysian Care Ltd, whose owners have declined to comment.

The owners also run the Mill Hotel in Shropshire which closed this week without refunding wedding bookings.

A care assistant, who wanted to remain anonymous, said The Homestead care home could close "in a few days".

Working without pay

Alison Shaw, who has a relative at the home, said: "She's really upset - in tears - she just can't believe what's happened."

Another relative of a resident, David Hoggson, who spoke to a staff member, said: "There's a crisis at the home and we are going to have to move Kenneth out.

"I said 'OK, what sort of time scale is this going to be?' and they said 'Friday'.'"

Staffordshire County Council has has stepped in to pay staff who have been working without wages for up to 13 weeks.

Councillor Mark Sutton said: "It's not our wish to push anyone out of the home. In intervening as we have done, this will give us both space and time."

He said the council would like further contact with Elysian Care Ltd's owners, Darren and Adrian Lloyd.

Image source, The Mill Hotel
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The care home owners also run the Mill Hotel, which closed unexpectedly this week

They also own the Mill Hotel at Alveley, in Shropshire, which has a sign outside saying "closed due to unforeseen circumstances".

On its Facebook page, Zoe Siobhan Adams said: "I have my wedding booked for 1 August 2015. My 85-year-old nan has paid them £2,500.

"We are totally devastated and my nan has been upset on the phone to me this morning."

Jade Field added: "On Sunday there was a wedding fayre and the manager of the mill was saying everything was fine and taking more deposits.

"Then Monday morning the whole place closed and phone lines and website disconnected."

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