A Wiltshire residential care home recently placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission is to close.

Parents of the five residents at Bows residential care home in Frome Road, Trowbridge, were given the news on July 27.

The home provides a living care service to five adults under 65 years with learning disabilities and/or autism.

The healthcare regulator inspected Bows during four visits in May and said it had found evidence of physical abuse of the residents.

The home is run by the Kent-based Active Care Group, which said the site is no longer deemed financially viable.

One distraught parent said she had received a phone call from the manager, saying Bows was being closed at the end of August.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, added: “The Active Care Group are closing the home on the August 30 as it is not considered financially viable to keep it open.

“They are effectively evicting five extremely vulnerable young adults who have lived there for 10 years plus.”

She and the parents of the other four residents will now have to find alternative care accommodation for their children.

The CQC inspected Bows between May 21 and 26 after concerns about the safety of residents and low staffing numbers which prevented residents from going out into the local community.

The care home was placed in special measures after the CQC said it had found evidence of physical abuse.

The CQC rated the overall service at Bows as inadequate and also inadequate for being safe and well-led.

The healthcare regulator also rated the service as requires improvement for being effective, caring and responsive.

A spokesperson for Active Care Group said: “Active Care Group has taken the difficult decision to close its Bows Residential Living Care Service following a strategic review of the service.

“Active Care Group will work with all relevant stakeholders to assist in the safe transfer or discharge of all five residents. Throughout the transition period, the safety and wellbeing of the people in our care will remain our top priority.

“We wish to thank our dedicated staff for the exceptional care and support they have provided to residents at Bows over the years.

“Active Care Group will shortly enter a period of consultation with staff and will take every step to ensure that those impacted are retained within the business where possible.”