Two Northampton nursing homes set to close

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Media captionFamily members say they are concerned elderly relatives "would not survive" a move

New accommodation is being sought for 69 residents of two nursing homes that have gone into administration.

The Mapara Investments-owned Redruth and Cedarwood nursing homes in Northampton are to close within weeks.

Last October, the Care Quality Commission raised concerns about the care provided at the homes.

Moorfields Corporate Recovery, the appointed administrator of Mapara Investments, said it was seeking a buyer for the homes.

Simon Thomas, from Moorfields, said: "Over the past few weeks we have carefully reviewed operations at both homes and concluded that it will not be possible to turn them around and stem trading losses.

'Nursed back to health'

"It has therefore become inevitable that steps will have to be taken to for us to work with staff and the authorities to shut the homes over the next four weeks.

Image caption Simon Hughes, whose father Brian is in one of the care homes, said he was worried about the proposed closure

"Our absolute priority will be to ensure that the needs of residents are prioritised and handled in the most sensitive and professional manner possible."

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said it was working with NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group and the nursing homes to manage the closure of the homes.

"We will support residents and their families to find suitable alternative accommodation, and work closely with them to minimise the stress and disruption at this very difficult time," the spokesman said.

Simon Hughes, whose father Brian has been at Cedarwood for a year, said he feared his father would not survive if he is forced to move.

"We very nearly lost him last year and he very nearly died. These people (at Cedarwood) have nursed him back to health," he said.

"He's put weight back on and is more responsive than he has ever been."

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