Everyone ‘sad’ to rest-home Cameron House closing today

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Cameron House rest-home is shutting its doors today after dwindling resident numbers affected its viability.

Owners Lynley Routhan and Hellen Webb had tried to sell the 20-bed residential rest-home but when that did not happen, they decided to close the doors.

The rest-home was opened in the 1980s and the two women bought it in 1991, they said.

The rest-home had only 10 residents when the decision to close was made.

“So it’s been a sad couple of weeks,” Mrs Webb said.

“Some of the residents have been here 20 years. Nobody wanted to move; everybody is really sad.”

The tightening of Ministry of Health assessment criteria for care, which meant many people were not coming into care until they were assessed as being at hospital level, had affected the viability of the rest-home, Mrs Webb said.

All the residents had been placed in other rest-homes in Gore.

The rest-home originally had about 18 staff but as they left they had not been replaced because resident numbers had dwindled, Mrs Webb said.

Mrs Routhan said some of the staff had worked at the rest-home since the 1990s.

The two women said they would miss the residents and their families when the doors closed today.

Ironically, the rest-home had passed an audit just four months ago, and it was valid for three years.

“We passed with flying colours,” Mrs Routhan said.

Cameron House was started in the 1980s by Georgina Harrison, a social worker based at the former Gore Hospital, and originally occupied two domestic dwellings.

The rest-home building is to be sold.