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Conwy care homes: Woodfold and Tandderwen closure concerns

Woodfold
Image caption Woodfold is one of the two care homes closing by 2 September

Two Conwy care homes are to close next month leaving relatives concerned that they had just 28 days' notice to move.

Woodfold care home in Rhos on Sea and Tandderwen in Colwyn Bay will shut on 2 September.

The local assembly member said he was concerned about the availability of alternative accommodation given the "vulnerability" of the residents.

A spokesman for the homes said residents and staff were told "at the earliest possible opportunity".

Relatives of people living there say they were told on Monday that all residents needed to leave.

Robert Winchurch, from Glan Conwy, has had a relative in the Woodfold care home for two-and-a-half years.

His cousin Margaret Robinson is 78 and has needed care since suffering a serious stroke.

He said: "It's disgusting. They've given us 28 days and that's all.

"I contacted 12 nursing homes, trying to find a place for my cousin. Only two had definite places. Thankfully I've now managed to find her somewhere to go.

"There are two ladies in the Woodfold home who are 100 years old. How are they going to cope with this?

"It's such bad handling of people. They could have given us more notice.

"I feel devastated for the staff in these homes as well who are having to cope with the news that they'll be losing their jobs."

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar said: "Clearly the decision is a big blow to hardworking staff and also to residents of the home and their families, who now face the prospect of searching for new homes in the locality.

"Given the vulnerability of the residents, I have contacted Conwy council to find out what action it is taking to support the residents in finding alternative suitable accommodation to meet their needs in the local area."

A spokesman for the homes told BBC Wales: "This decision has not been taken lightly as the absolute priority is the residents, their families and the staff.

'Only alternative'

"Despite all efforts over 34 months, it has proved impossible to return trading to a level where sufficient profits were being generated to secure a long term future for the homes.

"As such it has not proved possible to secure a buyer for these two homes as a going concern as happened with six other homes in the group.

"The only alternative is for the joint administrators to close these two homes.

"We will be working with residents, their relatives and all agencies to help find alternative homes with as little disruption as possible

"We also will support staff in helping them find alternative employment."

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