A nursing home that has cared for older people in Lewisham for 20 years will close in the new year, it has been announced.
Morton House in Lewisham currently provides residential and nursing care for 22 residents. It is run by Mission Care, a Christian charity that houses over 250 people in its six homes in Lewisham, Bromley and Southwark.
Mission Care announced last week that financial pressures mean it will be forced to close Morton House.
“Unfortunately continuing to operate the home in the current economical climate is no longer tenable,” said Jonathan Crisp, Executive Director of Mission Care. Rising costs have meant the home is now running at a loss, said Crisp.
“Morton House has provided 20 years of care in Lewisham since 1991 and celebrated this milestone earlier this year. It has been a privilege to serve the local community in Lewisham in this way during this time, and this has made the decision to close Morton House considerably harder,” said Crisp.
Mission Care plan to close Morton House by March 2012, but have said it will not formally close until alternative provisions have been made for all residents, which could include moving to another Mission Care home.
The closure will also mean Morton House’s staff will be at risk of redundancy.
“We will seek to avoid redundancies where possible, but do anticipate that some may be unavoidable,” say Mission Care. Around 30 people are currently employed at the home.
Members of the public can contact Mission Care at email@example.com or visit missioncare.org.uk.