BRIDELL Manor nursing home outside Cardigan has closed.

The home, near Penybryn, provided nursing and personal care for up to 37 people over 65 years living with dementia or mental infirmity across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

It was the subject of a damning report earlier this year following an unannounced inspection by the Care Inspectorate Wales.

And while a follow-up inspection said improvements had been made, home owner Ashberry Healthcare group announced last month that it had decided to close Bridell Manor.

Talks were held between the Ashberry, Hywel Dda health authority officials and the various local authorities to find new homes for residents and it has been confirmed that the home shut today.

A spokesman for Hywel Dda health authority said: “We can confirm that all residents have been found alternative placements and we anticipate Bridell Manor Nursing Home will close today (Friday, November 1)."

A spokesperson for Bridell Manor Nursing Home said: “As a responsible care provider, we regularly review the long-term sustainability of our care homes. It is with great sadness that we have closed Bridell Manor today (November 1) as like many rural care homes, we faced a long-term recruitment challenge.

“Working alongside the relevant authorities, we provided full assistance to relatives and residents throughout the process of finding new, suitable care homes and can confirm all our residents have successfully relocated. Six of the residents have moved to other homes within the Ashberry Healthcare group.

“We offered 24 members of staff alternative employment at Ashberry Healthcare care homes in Wales, with free transportation, and where necessary, accommodation offered.

“Of these employees, five have now taken up positions at our other homes, while 19 opted for redundancy settlements. Additional loyalty payments will be given to most of those who stayed with us until the closure.“