Approximately 140 care home staff are facing redundancy
60 elderly people have just days to move out after a charity’s financial collapse.
A staff member, who did not want to be named, said: “Residents are 80 or 90 years old. There are only a couple of days to move them so they’re concerned they might even die because of the stress of the move.”
Lewisham Council, which has responsibility for many of the residents, has now intervened to make alternative arrangements for them.
Concillor Kevin Bonavia says he wants a full investigation into the collapse. He said “I am shocked by the suddenness of Ranyard’s closure and the real risk that presents for some of our most vulnerable residents.
“I expect a thorough investigation into how Ranyard Trust got into this dire position in due course, but the immediate priority is the welfare of the residents themselves.
“I hope the council’s urgent efforts to provide on going care and alternative accommodation are successful.”
A spokesman for Ranyard Trust said: “Ranyard has been providing care in the area for many years and until recently cared for up to 100 residents.
“The Care Quality Commission inspected the homes last summer and found care quality did not always match modern standards.
“This led the trust to stop admissions into the Homes for a time, while these issues were addressed. The number of residents has gone down and at present there are fewer than 60 residents. The decline in numbers has caused income to fall dramatically.
“The trustees have been taking advice from accountants who have reached the conclusion that the Trust must cease to trade with immediate effect. The trust will now begin a process that will lead to liquidation.”
“Lewisham Council have been very helpful and supportive in managing the closures. An emergency team is looking for homes that match the needs of residents.”