Friday, 31 July 2009

Crosfield House

I am very saddened that the Royal British Legion is putting its care home in Rhayader on the market.

I am seeking a meeting with the Royal British Legion about the future of the home. I have to say though that I have had meetings before and had reassurances about the long term future of the home.

The Royal British Legion must act speedily to reassure the residents in the home and their relatives. This is a prime concern. The home is also the largest employer in Rhayader and this is a huge concern too therefore.

I have written to the minister asking her to place pressure on the British Legion.

Very bad news.

1 comment:

  1. Stuart Gendall31 July 2009 at 15:54

    It is only after lengthy attempts to secure the future of Crosfield House that the Legion reluctantly informed staff and residents that its Board of Trustees has decided that options be explored to sell the home.

    In the last year, the Legion has acted to address a number of issues facing Crosfield House including overcoming difficulties recruiting staff and implementing building works costing £36,000 to ensure the home complies with National Minimum Standards.

    Despite this, it is now clear that a break-even position cannot be achieved and the home will return another substantial operational deficit this financial year.

    Our Trustees have an obligation to balance the needs of Crosfield residents with making the best use of charitable funds for the Legion’s wider beneficiary community.

    The Legion hopes to sell Crosfield House to another care provider - allowing staff and residents to transfer over to them. If this is not possible, the home will close and the Legion will work with residents and local authority commissioners to find suitable alternative homes.

    The Legion is seeking to engage leading agents in this field to market the property.

    Our directors met both staff and residents on Thursday to inform them of the decision. They have pledged to work closely with them through this difficult time and to provide regular updates on the progress of the sale. We have also assured residents that our top priority is to ensure that they continue to receive a high level of care.

    Meanwhile, the Legion has launched a search for a new site elsewhere in Wales so that it can continue to provide a care home to the ex-Service community.