June 10, 2009
Struggling Burnham-On-Sea care home will shut in July
struggling nursing home on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront is to shut
down this summer, it was confirmed by the property's owners this
owners of Beverley Cottage residential care home, situated on
the North Esplanade, confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that the
home is to close down in July due to financial pressures.
decision comes just a few months after we reported
that the home was under threat of closure.
Joy, Chief Executive Officer of Brunelcare, explained to Burnham-On-Sea.com:
extensive evaluation and consultation with staff, residents and
families, the board of trustees at Brunelcare has taken the decision
to close two of the charitys residential care homes: Cowlin
House in Clifton and Beverley Cottage in Burnham-On-Sea."
Cottage will be closed in mid July. However, the well-being of
the residents is of paramount importance and Brunelcare will work
closely with residents, their families and social workers, to
ensure that the most suitable alternative accommodation is found."
are three main reasons for closing the care homes. The first is
that the care homes in question are experiencing difficulties
in securing permanent new residents."
is due to several factors that include the local competition in
the Burnham-On-Sea area, and national and local initiatives to
enable older people to remain living in their own home for longer."
second reason is that Beverley Cottage is experiencing difficulty
in securing the required fee levels from residents needed to cover
the costs of running the home. Finally, both of the buildings
require a significant amount of expenditure to bring them up to
modern day standards."
as a charity, Brunelcare has the funds in place to support areas
of the organisation which fail to cover their costs for a limited
period (as has been the case with Beverley Cottage for some years),
it is of the upmost importance that we use our resources wisely
to ensure we continue to provide the highest standards of care,
housing and support to all the older people we serve across the
will be working closely with the staff involved to ensure that
similar positions are made available within the organisation,
wherever appropriate. The closure of Beverly Cottage has been
a difficult decision to reach, and one that was not made easily
or without regret."
homes have been part of Brunelcare for many years but I believe
that it is in the best interests of Brunelcare and the thousands
of older people we serve. I would like to take this opportunity
to thank all of the residents, their families and staff for their
continued support and understanding."