Another Plymouth nursing home closed

A Plymouth retirement home has closed after its owner could not afford to renovate it. The Abbeyfield Living Society has confirmed that Abbeyfield House, Hartley, is now closed and will be sold.

The last remaining residents had been found elsewhere to live. But two other doomed Abbeyfield houses, in Plymstock and Ivybridge, are still open while new homes are found for residents.

The charity decided to close the three care homes because it could not afford the £1.8 million refurbishment bill. Abbeyfield Living Society also cited rising inflation and energy bills as reasons why the homes in Hartley, Plymstock and Ivybridge were no longer viable.


An Abbeyfield spokesman said today: “There are no longer any residents at Abbeyfield House in Hartley so it has now closed and will be sold. Suitable accommodation has been found for the residents that suits their needs and preferences.

“There are still residents in the Plymstock and Ivybridge homes, so we will continue to support them in finding alternative housing where they will be happy. After that, the homes will close.”

In April it was announced that Abbeyfield House, Hartley; Burtons, Plymstock; and Treehill Road, Ivybridge, would close after a deal to transfer them to another operator fell through. The provider was unable to convince Abbeyfield it had the financial strength to take over the buildings and residents.

In a statement from Abbeyfield, the charity told PlymouthLive that running costs and the need for investment were key factors in the decision and that the homes were no longer financially sustainable for the next five years.