Clore Manor Update

27 Aug 2020

Jewish Care has announced its decision to close Clore Manor care home in Hendon at the end of September.

 In delivering the news to relatives and residents Chief Executive, Daniel Carmel-Brown said:

“Jewish Care strives to provide high quality care and services which are effective and efficient, in fit-for-purpose facilities. 

“We have decided that now is the right time to start the process of closing Clore Manor. This is an opportunity for us to provide a better environment for residents of Clore Manor by them transferring, if they and their families wish, to one of our other Jewish Care homes nearby. In addition, it will increase Jewish Care’s efficient use of resources by consolidating our homes and occupancy position, thereby strengthening our financial sustainability in these difficult times.” 

There are currently 37 residents living in Clore Manor. Jewish Care’s priority over the coming weeks is to ensure that residents, relatives and staff are supported through this transition. 

Jewish Care has four other residential care homes, which also offer nursing and dementia care, in a five miles radius of Clore Manor. Between them these homes will be able to accommodate all existing Clore Manor residents. Three of these homes are based at The Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet, the other is situated at our Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus in Golders Green. All four homes benefit from having access to the modern facilities and activities on site, which include a, cafe, synagogue, wellbeing activities and beautiful grounds. In addition, each home has its own secluded garden area and activities. 

We are aware this proposal will be suitable for some, but not all, of our residents. We will support and work with every individual and their family to ensure that, as far as possible, their needs and aspirations are met, with them safely being resettled into their new home by the end of September. 

Clore Manor was built to meet the care needs of a different generation when it opened in 1967. Over the past 50 years, the needs as well as the aspirations of care home residents have changed dramatically. Many of Clore Manor’s bedrooms are no longer fit for purpose in terms of size and accessibility. This has led us to withdraw them from being occupied. Most of the remaining rooms that are occupied by residents do not have en suite wet room facilities. 

Jewish Care has explored many other options to give the ageing home the extensive refurbishment needed for it to be an environment that meets the needs of today’s residents with complex care needs. However, to do this would require highly significant investment in an extremely challenging time. 

Furthermore, the occupancy of all Jewish Care’s homes was challenged significantly by the Covid-19 pandemic and our inability to accept any admissions into any of our homes for a 12-week period during national lockdown in order to keep safe, and to protect our residents. This has placed significant financial pressure on Jewish Care’s resources, and it means we have to consolidate our existing portfolio of homes where we can do so effectively and in the interests of our financial sustainability, whilst continuing to deliver high quality services for our residents. 

The staff at the home who face the potential redundancy of their roles, will where possible, will be offered redeployment interviews with Jewish Care, subject to there being suitable alternative roles. We will, of course, support and assist all our staff as much we can with job interviews with other providers.

Notes to Editors: For further information contact Ellisa Estrin, Director of Marketing and Communications on eestrin@jcare.org or 07920 701 070