Despite initially being deemed as ‘no longer fit for purpose’ by Hertfordshire County Council and Quantum Care, Margaret House in Abbots Langley will remain open temporarily to its residents.
The home will provide beds for elderly people who require additional support due to the coronavirus outbreak, and for patients who had been discharged from hospital.
A spokesperson from the council said: “We can confirm that Margaret House is remaining open at this time and is providing beds as part of a wider county council initiative for local older people currently living in the community who require additional support during the outbreak and for hospital patients who may not have the additional support required to return to their normal home after hospital discharge.
“It is designed to offer short term care home stays from 14 to 28 days to enable service users to return to their normal homes with support packages in place. All such beds are subject to strict admission protocols including the requirement for service users to have had a negative COVID-19 test immediately prior to their admission to any care home.”
A spokesperson for Quantum Care said back in March that the decision to close was made with the full support of the council.
They said: “We have made the difficult decision to close Margaret House and offer residents full support to find alternative accommodation either within Quantum Care or another care home of their choice outside the Quantum Care group.
“This decision was made with the full support of HCC and we are now working with them and other relevant partner organisations, to make sure the closure and relocation runs smoothly for residents and staff.”