Nottingham dementia care home faces closure

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A Nottingham care home for people with dementia is set to close because of financial problems.

The Salvation Army said the 40-space Notintone House, in Sneinton, had been running well below capacity for several years.

This, along with rising running costs, means the charity has spent "hundreds of thousands of pounds" to keep it open.

Families said they were disappointed and faced stress and disruption.

'Done deal'

A 30-day consultation on the closure of the 1970s centre is under way but relatives have said they do not expect any other outcome.

Kirsty Dawes' grandfather Harry, 92, has been at Notintone for the three years.

"We are gutted. He is really settled and he actually grew up on the site so it was kind of doing a full circle for him.

"It is like one big family and while we are helping each other, it feels like a done deal."

Critical report

Elaine Cobb, the Salvation Army's UK director of older people's services, said they regretted the upset caused but the situation could not be ignored.

"It is not just about the money. There is the building, which is 40 years old and not always right for the increasingly complex needs of residents.

"And there is the issue that the centre is consistently running under capacity, so are we providing the facilities where they are needed?"

The Care Quality Commission is currently compiling a new report on Notintone but in October 2013 it found it was failing in staffing levels and protecting residents from harm.

This followed a formal warning, issued in January 2012, for it to improve standards of care.

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