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Best Care home closes due to lack of funds; 43 disabled wards relocated

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Forty-three children and adults with moderate to severe mental and physical disabilities are to be relocated on a phased basis from the Best Care Children's Home on Trevennion Road in St Andrew.

The move follows a decision by the Best Care Foundation, which manages the facility, to close the home due to inadequate financing. The closure is to commence tomorrow and will be completed over a two-month period.

The foundation says its working in concert with the Child Development Agency to ensure a smooth process.

Chairman of the Best Care Foundation, Orville Johnson, says 14 residents will be relocated tomorrow, February 1, with seven children moving to the West Haven Home in Hanover; and seven adults going to the Mustard Seed Community.

He says the home will continue to operate through February and March, until the other residents are resettled.

Johnson says the foundation regrets the circumstances that have prompted the relocation of the residents. He says the foundation has taken care to ensure that they are adequately accommodated in other homes, which can meet their special medical needs.

The facility houses disabled wards of the state, some of whom were abandoned by parents who could not cope with their disability.