I worked in an amazing historical Nursing home. The views were breath-taking over looking nothing but fields and the River Severn. The home was located on the outskirts of Stourport-on-Severn in Worcestershire, England, next to Lickhill caravan park , situated in over an acre of landscaped gardens providing pleasant views from the rooms.
The short video shows you the picturesque views that surround The Manor Nursing Home
In 1993, The Manor (formerly known as Lickhill Manor) in Stourport-on-Severn, picked up two awards including an Investors in People award – the first nursing home in Wyre Forest to receive one – as well as a CENTEC Business Enterprise Award for customer care, which won the home £5,500.
The building is located in picturesque grounds overlooking the countryside and offers tranquil settings for both residents and staff to enjoy it’s a large grade II listed building, which has been extended to provide nursing and personal care for 40 people.
The Nursing home had a dedicated nursing team with heart’s of Gold who ensured the highest standards of care and attention to all its residents. It was the philosophy of the home to be responsive to the individuals needs and to work in partnership with residents, their family’s and external supporting specialists from the NHS and Social Services to improve the well-being of those in our care, providing a home from home approach welcoming family and friends alike at a time when care is of the utmost importance.
Unfortunately in June 2012 we were told the home had gone into administration, would be carrying out some repairs and had no intention even putting it on market untill at least September. The Administrators said they would review it again in 6 months time – which took us all til December 2012.
So imagine our shock when emergency meeting was called Wednesday August 15th 2012 for staff at 2pm and resident with family’s at 7pm to be told were shutting the nursing home in 7-10 days max.
Many tears were shed in that meeting and continued to cry until the very last resident left The Manor House Nursing Home for another new home on Thursday 23rd August 2012.
Local Newspaper The Shuttle has said:
”Economic and operational issues at Lickhill Manor Nursing Home, also known as the Manor House Nursing Home, have been blamed for the decision to close down with the loss of 45 jobs – two months after it went into administration.”
BBC Midlands Today turned up Monday August 20th to interview Hayley Weale who worked at the Manor Nursing Home, after she had also appeared in the local Shuttle Newspaper, complaining how the staff and residents had been treated.
Provider Gentle Care Services appointed administrators Paul Addison and David Bennett of advisory firm Grant Thornton UK LLP, in June. Mr Addison said:
“The administration strategy was to trade the business while a marketing campaign was undertaken to seek a new purchaser. Our policy is always to seek an independent audit of the care delivery upon our appointment to identify any compliance issues and agree priorities and timescales with The Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the host local authority. This is to preserve the safety of the residents whilst being wholly transparent with the authorities in terms of any operational challenges inherited.”
“Despite making progress in addressing the operational challenges identified at The Manor House Nursing Home, and engaging fully with the CQC and Worcestershire County Council, it has been regrettably decided to close the care home. This is in recognition of the economic and operational issues encountered and in our opinion is in the best interests of the residents.”
A spokesman for Worcestershire County Council said:
“We are working with administrators, our partners at NHS Worcestershire, the home’s staff and its residents and their families/cares to ensure the safe transfer of residents to new accommodation in a way which causes as little distress and upset as possible.
“We recognise this news will be a disappointment to residents and their families and our social work team will be supporting them thoroughly throughout the process to make it as smooth as possible, in a way which causes as little distress and upset as possible“
Social Services arrived one morning, cars driving towards the home which reminded me of cowboys riding towards a destination ropes in air swinging for a victim not a care in the world who it would be. These young social services without a care in the world got out of their cars laughing and giggling amongst them selves arriving through the big mansion black doors as if they were in charge not us, and forgetting that these residents were real people who we loved are have cared for.
We were told the home would firstly see December then it would see September but it didn’t even see the end of August. Some residents already knew where there new home will be, after the happy social workers told them and of course they weren’t happy about this sudden transfer. Many residents family’s won’t be able to just ”pop down the road” to visit there family and loved ones as new homes means now travelling distances to see them. Some home’s are more expensive so they will not only incur all this stress but extra costs to some how find, which they don’t have either. So there comment ”in a way which causes as little distress and upset as possible’ – we didn’t see.
In my head I’m Whispering farewell one by one to my work friends and residents. Ten minuets before I clocked out on August 22nd I was told it was my last day, along with many others. Close your eyes, you will be okay I told myself as I sat on the step and cried … Will miss everyone lots. But not the hoists. Glad I worked there because I met you all.
Good luck on your new adventure in life.
Martin Carey a Health Care Assistant at The Manor House Nursing Home said: Working at the Manor Nursing home has taught me a lot, about caring and care work, but more importantly team work is essential. I’ve made and lost some amazing friends. There were some small moments that will stay with me forever.
Cathy Vanpen a Health Care Assistant at The Manor House Nursing Home said: I really enjoyed working there and going to miss everyone. This is a very sad time for everyone.
Puja Dattani a Health Care Assistant at The Manor Nursing Home said: It’s so tragic that so many residents have to leave their home, some have been at Manor Nursing Home for over 10 years, so it has been distressing and upsetting for them all to be forced out of their home. Residents have always been treated with love and respect. We were all like a big family. This is a shame for the staff as well as the residents.
Paulette Sedgwick a Health Care Assistant at The Manor Nursing Home said: There has been no greater moment in life with all its joys and sorrows than working at the Manor Nursing Home with amazing residents who are like family, Grandparents and friends. Working with smiles, getting daily hugs, hearing of their yesterday life whilst also making and working with some great staff there too. Will always miss them and the story’s they told.
Judith MaIan a Sister at The Manor Nursing Home said: Good luck all of you, will miss you all, and do hope you all had learned something from me, just as I had enjoyed working and teaching you all at The Manor Nursing Home.
Hayley Weale a Care Assistant at The Manor Nursing Home said: I loved my job at the Manor especially working with the staff there and the residents I didn’t realise the elderly would pull on my heart-strings as much as they did/do I loved every single resident that I looked after in that home! I will miss you all so so much words cannot describe my feelings for my job .. Good luck to all staff and residents from The Manor Nursing Home hope we all can stay friends.
Dean Chris Loutsis a Health Care Assistant at The Manor Nursing Home said: Will miss working there, with all of you. It was so strange, seeing the home today so quiet and empty. It is indeed over…
Lisa-Ellis Jones a Health Care Assistant at The Manor Nursing Home said: I was only there 4 months and ive met some lovely people gonna miss every one especially the residents. Good luck every to everyone.