A CARE home which provides a roof over the heads of 33 elderly people looks set to be shut down for good after years of operation in Widnes.
CLS, a charity which runs Bowers Brook Care Home on Crow Wood Lane, has announced its decision to wind up the home within weeks as soon as its residents can be found an alternative place to live.
And the non-profit making group hopes to avoid making forced redundancies among its workforce employees will be signing up with an internal agency to find them new jobs with other homes.
Residents and staff are now being consulted on the timing of the closure.
Bower Brook was originally run by Cheshire County Council but later passed into the hands of CLS, which has run the home since 1991. It is one of four CLS homes in Cheshire earmarked for closure.
Nick Dykes, operations manager for CLS, said shifting Government policy and the growing pressures faced by care homes across the UK were major factors.
He said: 'We have reluctantly decided that we cannot continue to provide this service but it is going to be very tough for the people who have to move out.
'We will do all we can to help the 33 residents find suitable alternative accommodation of their choice.
'We and other care home providers are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain care homes.
'Fees paid by the Government for residential care have fallen behind significantly in recent years and it is putting real pressure on care home operators.
'We are also reducing our central office by nearly a quarter but still the budget will not balance without the loss of Bower Brook and other homes.'
He added: 'The only way care homes can survive these days is to be full almost every day of the year.
'There has been a policy shift at Government level towards caring for older people in their own homes. Inevitably, when carried down to a local level, this will mean current services have to cease.
'We will be building on our residential care base in the coming years with a broader range of services to enable older people to retain their independence and to continue to contribute to society in their later years.'