Decision to close Murray House

At its meeting on Thursday evening (21 June), the Children’s and Adults Care and Education (CACE) Committee took a decision to close Murray House residential care home.

Murray House provides excellent care by committed staff, however it is under occupied because the demand for residential care has reduced significantly in recent years. Many older people prefer to be cared for in their own homes, but for those for whom this is not in their best interests, residential care will be available in the private sector.

It is not cost effective to refurbish the building to meet Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards, or convert it to provide dementia care.

We understand that this is a sensitive issue and over the coming weeks we will be working closely with residents and their families so we can find our permanent residents suitable places in new care homes. We will continue to treat our residents with dignity and respect.

Existing permanent residents of Murray House will not be asked to contribute more for their new alternative accommodation than they would have contributed should they have remained at Murray House, unless their needs or financial circumstances change.

Murray House also provided a space where community groups meet. We are working with the lead organisation, Milaap, to find suitable alternative accommodation from which they will continue to operate and deliver their valuable community work.

If you were unable to attend the committee meeting you can watch the webcast and read the decision notice online.