Mansfield and Ashfield care home sales move closer

NMAC11-2405-1''Sutton Ashfield Court
NMAC11-2405-1''Sutton Ashfield Court

ALL eight local homes run by beleaguered care company Southern Cross could have new operators by the end of next month.

Transfers for the firm’s care homes across Mansfield and Ashfield are currently being discussed, with some only requiring a sign off from watchdogs.

Charity Royal Mencap has emerged as the expected new operator of Ashfield Court, Sutton, which offers residential care for the disabled.

Mencap is expected to become the operator by 30th September.

Said Mark Goldring, Mencap’s chief executive: “We are working closely with Southern Cross and the landlord, Prestbury, to negotiate the transfer of Ashfield Court.

“We believe this could be a positive step for residents, their families, and staff.”

He added the process is still subject to final approval from the Care Quality Commission, but said the organisation was ‘confident’.

In July it was announced cash-strapped Southern Cross would be broken up after attempts to rescue the struggling firm failed.

Its landlords are taking back all its 750 homes nationally and in most cases bringing in new private operators.

Updates on all of the homes are being collected by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

The information also shows Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, Avalon, Forest Town, Stoneyford, Sutton, and Oaklands, Whaley Thorns, are listed to come under the wing of care company Court Cavendish by 31st October.

All of these homes have NHP as their landlord, which announced in July a deal with Court Cavendish to set up an operating company for all of NHP’s 249 homes let to Southern Cross.

Said Dr Chai Patel, chairman of Court Cavendish, at the time: “The needs of those who currently live in these homes, and their families and carers, are greatest importance to all of us advising those involved in this challenging situation.

“I am confident the necessary funding is in place to adequately launch a new company that will not suffer from the same problems of the past.”

Elsewhere The Grange, Shirebrook, owned by St Andrew, is listed to come under the control of Bondcare, while The Sycamores and the Poplars, Warsop, is to be run directly by its landlord Four Seasons.

Churchfield, Rainworth, which has property firm Loyd listed as landlord, is recorded as due to come under the wing of Four Seasons by 30th September.

Loyd, which owns dozens of homes across the country, is currently in administration but an agreement with Four Seasons, rumoured for weeks, now appears concrete.

Cheshire-based Four Seasons owns and operates more than 400 care centres and nursing homes across the UK.