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Care home closure shocks community of Tandragee.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

ALTERNATIVE accommodation is in the process of being found for the residents of Rathowen Care Home, who require new residential places after it was revealed the home is to close in coming weeks.

Owners of the private residential home in Tandragee revealed last week that it was with "deep regret" that they made the decision to close Rathowen due to "ongoing difficulties in recruiting staff ".


It is also understood the home will continue to operate until all of the residents have secured new homes.

In a statement issued to the press, Rathowen Care Home said; "It is with deep regret that we announce the closure of Rathowen Care Home within the next 28 days.

"The closure is due to ongoing difficulties in recruiting and retaining the skilled and experienced nursing staff required to run the home." Rathowen, which has been a part of the Tandragee community for over 40 years, currently looks after 16 residents and employs 30 staff members.

The decision has shocked and dismayed residents, their relatives and employees as well as the local community.

The Southern Trust confirmed that it was now "working closely" with Rathowen and RQIA (Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority) in order to find new residents new homes.


"Rathowen Care Home in Tandragee recently informed the Trust that the home is closing," a spokesperson explained.

"The Trust has assigned individual key workers to work closely with each of the residents and their families to find alternative accommodation so they can receive safe, high quality care in a suitable environment which meets their individual needs." Cusher councillor Paul Berry said his "heart goes out to all affected" by the closure announcement.

"It was with real shock and sadness that I learned that Rathowen is closing soon," he said.

"This home has been looking after many elderly folk for over 40 years and it's closure will be greatly missed across the Tandragee area and district.

"I have known residents and staff in this home and my heart goes out to all effected by this announcement.

Many of the residents lived locally and have resided in Rathowen for years, so this closure will have unimaginable worries for all involved and effected."


Meanwhile, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Alderman Gareth Wilson said Rathowen had been a home that had provided cared for his grandmother.

"Rathowen has been providing care for elderly people in the district for many years and it is of course sad news that the doors will be closing on the home," he said.

"My own grandmother spent some time in the home in recent times and I always found the staff very pleasant and welcoming. It is important that those residents currently in the home are provided with alternative accommodation in the area as soon as possible."

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