Nursing home to close following court order
A NURSING home is to close, forcing its elderly residents to look elsewhere for accommodation in the run-up to Christmas.
The owners of Woodlock Residential Care Ltd, who run a 30-bed nursing home in Portlaw, Co Waterford, claim that it is not "economically viable" to invest in the 160-year-old listed building to bring it up to the standards required.
The State's health watchdog, HIQA, secured a court order at Carrick-on-Suir District Court to cancel the nursing home's registration.
HIQA said its decision was because of "persistent non-compliance with regulations and lack of fitness on the part of the provider". Inspection reports will be published at a later date.
The facility was taken over on Monday by the HSE, which is now trying to find suitable accommodation for its 20 residents. The facility employs approximately 30 people.
A spokesman for Woodlock Residential Care Ltd said the company was "very sorry", that the home had to close, adding that this was due to "economic reality".
The company took over the building on a lease basis in 2007. It has been used as a nursing home for almost 80 years and is currently owned by the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny religious order, which ran it as a nursing home until 2007.