We’re shutting - find a new nursing home
Reporter: Karen Doherty
Date online: 25 January 2013
A 97-year-old woman and other frail pensioners were given just days to leave their nursing home when the owners took the decision to close.
Families of 10 residents at Yew Trees Care Home in Chadderton faced a frantic scramble when they heard - on January 16 - that the private home in Sycamore Avenue was closing today. Oldham Council quickly stepped in to help.
The home has been run by brothers Adam (26) and Ryan (24) McCarley since the death of their mother, Karen over two years ago. The brothers also took over Peace Haven Nursing Home in Blackley — where residents had less than 48 hours notice when it closed last April.
Hugh Fitzpatrick (73) and his 97-year-old mother, Annie Winterbottom, were among the Yew Trees residents.
Hugh’s daughter Veronica Fitzpatrick said: “I am disgusted they have given us such short notice.
“It is hard enough to find a new home for one person, let alone two. They must have known the home was on its way out long before this.”
Miss Fitzpatrick’s father and grandmother moved to Werneth Lodge Care Home on Wednesday.
Veronica added: “Dad has managed OK but I think it has thrown gran quite a bit, especially because she has been quite ill. When it all happened she was in hospital so didn’t really know about it until Tuesday.”
Councillor Sue Dearden said all the residents had moved to new homes by yesterday.“The owners of Yew Trees only informed us on January 11 of their decision to close. They were legally obliged to give us three months’ notice.”
The owners declined to comment.
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