Methodist Care Homes (MHA) plans to stop operating 10 of its care homes in England, with eight being put up for sale.
Following a review, which began in 2019, looking at the long-term sustainability of its services but paused during the pandemic, the group has now decided to withdraw from 10 of its 88 care homes.
Two are owned by local authorities and MHA is in talks with them to see if they can take on those homes. The remaining eight are up for sale.
In a statement on its website, the charity said while it was confident buyers for the homes would be found, it could not ‘rule out the possibility of some closures’. It hopes homes will start to transfer to new owners by early 2024.
‘MHA chief executive Sam Monaghan said in the statement. ‘If we find ourselves having to close any care homes, we will support residents and their families to find new homes and affected staff to find new roles inside MHA, if there are any suitable opportunities and people want to stay with us or help them to find a new job elsewhere.’
‘These changes are being made to make sure MHA has a strong and viable future,’ Monaghan said. ‘This year we are marking our 80th anniversary of providing care and support for older people, and these changes will enable us to be in the best shape possible to continue to do this vital work.’