Abergavenny nursing home set to close

A NURSING home in Abergavenny is set to close next month amid concerns raised over its care practises. Saxonbury Nursing Home will close its doors on June 21, meaning the 25 people living at the privately-run care home will have to find a new home.

This announcement follows concerns raised by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) about care practices at the home, owned by David Cope.

Manager at the home, Wendy Smith, said the closure was due to “unforeseen circumstances,” but she said from speaking to Mr Cope, the concerns raised by the CSSIW was not given as a specific reason.

She said as well as struggling to recruit properly qualified and trained staff, Mr Cope has been suffering with ill health.

She added: “It was a difficult decision for Mr Cope who has owned the home for two-and-a-half years and it a combination of reasons led to his decision. It’s a lovely home and there’s some delightful people here,” she said.

A spokesman from the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales said: “Following a range of concerns identified about care practices within the home, representatives of CSSIW, Monmouthshire Social Services and the Aneurin Bevan Health Board have been working closely with the provider to improve matters.

“However, CSSIW has received notification from the provider, that he has now elected to close the home. The agencies concerned are working to ensure the welfare of residents is protected as alternative accommodation for the residents is sought.”

The specific details of the concerns over care practised have not been revealed to the Argus.

Staff, residents and their families were all informed about the decision at the beginning of the week.

Saxonbury is home to residents aged 65 – 98 and has 30 en-suite rooms.

Monmouthshire council said it was informed of the closure and will be working with residents and their families to help find suitable alternative accommodation.

It is basing staff at the home to help with the move and anyone with concerns can call the council on 01873 735685.