Sussex care home closure leads to nearly 100 people displaced

Photo of Emma Elgee and her brother, Charlie who is affected with the care home closures

Families of people with learning difficulties have three month to find new care homes, after a major provider announced the closure of six facilities.

Sussex Health Care said it believed it was unable to meet the current guidance for the expected model of care.

Sussex Health Care told V2 Radio: "As an experienced care provider, Sussex Healthcare has been fully committed to providing the best care possible for those we support, but we have been unable to move our complex Profound and Multiple Learning Disability services forward to a position where we provide consistent, high-quality care. 

“The decision to close the services has been an incredibly difficult one. Many of the people we support have been with us for a very long time and the impact on them and their families has been our highest concern throughout.

"Our immediate priority is to ensure that those in our care are supported in their transition into appropriate alternative care.   We will also be supporting our hard-working and dedicated staff through the service closure process.” 

Meanwhile, Emma Elgee, sister of a resident affected with the closures, Charlie a 32 year old man who is paralysed from neck down and has cerebral palsy told us "effectively they are all going to be homeless. 

"Now it's a job for councils to try and find new placements, but it's an absolute crazy timeline considering how many hoops each person will have to jump through. 

"Many families will be forced to re-locate as there won't be local places available". 

She fears it will leave "100 off people with complex needs homeless in 3 months". 

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