Vulnerable residents forced out of Horsham care home

JPCT 120413 S13160322x Evelyn Lancaster House, Horsham -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 120413 S13160322x Evelyn Lancaster House, Horsham -photo by Steve Cobb

More than 20 vulnerable residents are being forced out of their Horsham care home.

Southern Housing Group claim there is ‘decreased demand’ for services at Evelyn Lancaster House off North Heath Lane.

Plans are in place to completely refurbish the building, forcing a total of 21 residents to vacate the home.

The group has been speaking with a number of organisations about options for the future of the building.

It has agreed to work closely with one of these to possibly transfer ownership of the scheme.

But it could not confirm whether it will re-open as a care home.

Regional director Guy Collar said: “Due to the decreased demand for the services at Evelyn Lancaster House, Southern Housing Group has had to review its future. The scheme has become outdated and half of the units are empty. There are proposals to completely refurbish the building, which means, it must be vacant before any works can commence.”

There is no specified closing date for the home.

Mr Collar continued: “We are currently working with the local authority and other local housing providers to find alternative accommodation for the 21 residents who remain in residence.

“We have provided initial notification to these residents and their families of these changes and will be meeting with them collectively and individually to discuss their housing options. Ensuring their future well-being and identifying accommodation which meets their needs is of paramount importance. We will also ensure residents are fully supported with their move, both practically and financially.”