A care home in County Antrim is to close after the RQIA raised “serious concerns” about its registration.

Due to the enforcement measures, 28 residents will be moved from The Model Care Home in Ballymoney, the BBC reported.

The RQIA said it “must ensure that management of The Model Care Home is held accountable for the safety and wellbeing of its residents and its business and financial arrangements to support the delivery of safe and effective care.

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“In the absence of such assurances RQIA must exercise its duties under the legislation. Throughout this, our focus remains on the safety and wellbeing of its residents.”

The owners of the Model Care Home said they would be seeking urgent legal advice on the action.

A spokesperson said: “The Model Care Home will continue to serve its residents to the optimum level whilst this unfortunate action by RQIA is dealt with.

“The home employs 60 employees. The company has spent in the region of £100,000.00 updating and improving The Model Care Home, since acquiring the home approximately 18 months ago.”

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