For several years, the Studley Bethesda Home (Studley Home) has faced a number of challenges including the low level of occupancy and, in turn, sustaining the level of care provided. One of the major challenges has been maintaining the staffing levels in the Home. This has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact this has had on the availability of staff. Through the goodwill of the staff, and in particular the willingness of the Home Manager to take additional shifts, we have been able to continue to function. However, this has come with a ‘human cost’ and impacted on the management and smooth running of the Studley Home.
In addition, the Studley Home was subject, in late August, to a CQC Inspection that resulted in a ‘Warning Notice’ being issued. Although Bethesda has expressed concern over the nuance of the language used, there were some points raised by the CQC that was symptomatic of the staffing challenges faced by the Studley Home.
The trustees and the General Manager have made the staffing situation at the Studley Home a matter of much prayer and we have sought the Lord’s leading and direction in this matter.
The trustees have prepared a statement explaining the Lord's leadings and background to the situation and this can be found by clicking here
. As will be seen, having received notification from the Home Manager indicating their wish to step away from their role at the end of October 2021; the trustees were brought to a place where they were faced with having little prospect of being able to replace the Home Manager within the timeframe available. As a consequence, it was with a very heavy heart the unanimous decision was made by the trustees to close the Studley Home with effect from Friday, 29 October 2021.
Our chief concern has been to ensure the safety of the residents during this period and meetings were held with the residents’ next of kin on Monday, 4 October 2021 to explain the situation and the options available including transferring to another Bethesda Home, taking up a place at the newly built Pilgrims Friends Society Home (Middlefields House) in Chippenham or making their own arrangements.
Meetings were also held with both members of staff and the local Home Support Group.
Every effort will be made to support the next of kin and the residents during the forthcoming weeks to ensure a smooth transition from the Studley Home to their new accommodation.
As you can imagine, this has not been an easy time yet we trust the Lord has gone before us and will continue to go before us in watching over His people and proving that “even to your old age I am he” (Isaiah 46:3-4).
If you have any questions regarding this matter, then please feel free to contact the General Manager.
The trustees seek your prayerful support for the residents, their loved ones, the General Manager, Home Manager and the staff at this time and that wisdom and help might be given, if the Lord will, in walking the path that is before us each.