Wimbledon Guild care home Rosemary Lodge set to close after 60 years

A care home which looks after elderly patients with dementia and the disabled is set to close.

Rosemary Lodge residential and nursing home in Wimbledon Village currently cares for 39 elderly residents and has been managed by charity, The Wimbledon Guild, for the last 60 years.

The charity launched a 30-day consultation last month after it was told that even with an investment of £1.5m, the building would still fall short of health and safety and legal requirements in the future.

The charity announced last week its decision to close the home later this year.

A total of 43 members of staff will be made redundant with all residents set to be relocated to other homes by the end of summer 2013.

Wendy Pridmore, chief executive of the Wimbledon Guild, said: "We would like to thank the residents of Rosemary Lodge, their families and our staff for their continued support throughout the consultation process.

"We are now focussing on finding the best possible new home for each individual resident and we will be working closely with each family as we move forward.

"There are currently 43 staff at Rosemary Lodge affected by the closure, working in full and part-time positions.

"These jobs will be made redundant as we work towards the closure at the end of summer and staff affected are being offered full outplacement support and training."

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