A CARE home in Crewe is closing as part of plans for a new 'golden village' for the elderly.
CLS Care Services has announced that The Waldrons, Brookhouse Drive, is shutting as part of a long-term pattern of changing local care needs.
CLS, Cheshire's largest charitable care home providers, says it has a growing number of vacancies in itsfour Crewecarehomesand cannolongersupport the running costs.
It is giving assurances that all 26 residents will be found new homes nearby, with some of them moving into other CLS homes in the area.
The charity is planning to develop a new 'golden village' on the site of The Waldrons. This new scheme would include special facilities for people with dementia - Cheshire County Council estimates that the number of people with dementia in the county will rise by 20% over the next 10 years.
CLS chief executive Nick Dykes said the closure reflected the realities of caring for older people.
He added: 'Because of Government policy, local authority support for care homes has reduced substantially in recent years.
'The fees paid by Cheshire County Council to independent care homes barely cover the day-to-day running costs so when vacant beds are added to the equation the situation quickly becomes untenable.
'It must seem strange to hear that a charity has to close a home because it cannot meet the running costs and is then planning to build a wonderful village for older people on the same site.
'But the need for residential care, as we know it, is falling and the demand for a more independent style of life is rising. We plan to meet that need by offering avillage-type developmentthatwillcater foramixof needs and offer excellent facilities.'
The Waldrons is one of eight residential care homes run by CLS in South Cheshire. There are three more in Crewe - Manor Way Centre, The Elms, Elm Drive and West View, Underwood Lane - and one each in Nantwich, Alsager, Sandbach and Holmes Chapel. There is currently a total of 20 vacancies in these homes.
CLS managers recently began a consultation programme with residents and their families and have promised to work closely with them and social workers to find suitable accommodation in the local area and to make the move as fuss-free as possible.
Cheshire County Council says social workers will be available to conduct re-assessments and to help families.