Galliagh House Statement (post meeting on 6/9/11)
EMBARGOED UNTIL 9PM ON 6 SEPTEMBER 2011
There has been speculation for some time as to the future of Galliagh residential home, which has suffered from falling occupancy.
Praxis Care has been actively seeking to find a remedy, both internally and externally through discussion with the commissioners of the Galliagh House residential services.
Regrettably we have come to the view that there is insufficient demand to sustain the service.
We therefore now want to work with the commissioners, residents and families to identify appropriate alternative care arrangements for the current residents.
The timescales for closure will be guided by the process of making these suitable alternative arrangements and there will be no sudden or short notice closure.
Our best estimate at this point is February 2012, but we will keep this under review.
We will also be working with our staff and their representatives to provide alternative employment within Praxis Care for and keep compulsory redundancies to a minimum.
We recognise and regret the deep anxiety this will cause for all concerned and seek to manage this process as sensitively as possible.
Director of Care