THE owners of and Isle of Wight care home have said they are 'very sorry' after elderly residents were moved out due to concerns for their safety.

As reported yesterday, the Isle of Wight Council said it was pulling 17 residents out of Cornelia Heights, in George Street, Ryde, after 'significant' safeguarding concerns were raised by the Care Quality Commission watchdog.

In a statement issued on behalf of owners Sanjay and Sandhya Ramdany — who have declined to be interviewed — they said the council's decision meant it was no longer viable for them to continue as a care provider.

The County Press has asked if Cornelia Heights will now be closed, and if the other care home run by the couple, Waxham House, also in Ryde, will also be closed.

The statement said: "We are saddened and upset by the decision taken by the Isle of Wight Council to terminate its contract with Cornelia.

"As a result, we will be working with the local authority to move our residents into alternative accommodation as a matter of priority.

"This will be done with respect, care and in full collaboration with our residents and their relatives to ensure that the process takes place in a safe manner.

"This decision comes as result of safeguarding concerns raised by the compliance team from the local authority.

"We believed significant improvements had been made when these concerns were raised, and we remained fully committed to address any outstanding issues.

"However, the council opted for more drastic action of terminating its contract with us which makes it unsustainable for us to operate as a care provider.

"We are very sorry at this sad outcome which has an impact on our residents and our staff – who, the CQC noted, 'have demonstrated a commitment to wanting to provide people with effective care' and were 'kind and caring and spoke to people respectfully.'

"This is a sad day for Cornelia Heights and I thank our caring hardworking staff for all their efforts at this difficult time."

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Mr and Mrs Ramdany has confirmed Cornelia Heights will close when the residents have moved out, but Waxham House will remain open.

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