Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Centre (Clevearc) – a charity which has provided specialist nursing care and support for more than 30 years – is sad to announce that due to continued financial challenges we will be closing two of our services.

Kirkdale, a nursing home in Thornaby, will close from January 31st 2019 while our day centre in Guisborough will close at Christmas. Around eight families will be affected by the closure of Kirkdale and 16 by the closure of the day centre.

Clevearc announced in November that we would be undertaking a period of consultation with our staff teams at the home and day centre. That consultation process concluded this week. Regrettably, across the two services, around 47 roles will be lost.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the charity, Alan Kitching, said: “We met with staff in November to discuss the very serious challenges that face Kirkdale and Clevearc as a charity and to inform them the services at Kirkdale and Guisborough were at risk of closure.
“As a small, local charity, we are providing care services at a time of very challenging national and local economic circumstances which are only set to become more challenging. Meanwhile, the costs of providing services which meet the very complex needs of our client group continue to increase.
“We have had to consider the closure of some parts of, and possibly the whole, charity. These are not considerations we have taken lightly and we have looked at many different options.
“With huge regret and sadness, we have told staff and families this week that because of the ongoing financial struggles we face and will continue to face if no changes are made, Kirkdale and the day centre will both close.

“We are devasted not to have been able to secure the future of these great services, whose teams have provided fantastic care for many years.

“The future of the charity remains uncertain and we will continue our most strenuous efforts to secure the viability of our remaining home, Allison House, as well as the many projects delivered by Clevearc as a charity.

“We continue to look at all options to safeguard Clevearc’s future including the sale of Kirkdale as a vacant building, and potentially Allison House as a going concern.

“At Kirkdale and the day centre we will be supporting residents and their families to find and move to alternative homes, or to source alternative day care. We know this will be a very worrying time for them and for that we sincerely apologise.

“Our priority at Clevearc has always been to provide the very best care and support we can for those in our area living with dementia. We are extremely saddened that these services will close and will do all we can to minimise upset for all those affected.”