NOTTINGHAMSHIRE County Council has officially handed over Mansfield care home Maun View to a private company in a move it is claimed will cause no disruption to residents.
The decision to sell, which was approved in September 2011, is part of the council’s battle to save £187m over the next four years.
Maun View, which has 60 residents and provides long, short, and intermediate term care, is one of six homes being taken over by Runwood Homes.
Coun Kay Cutts, leader of the council, said: “Runwood Homes has an excellent reputation in the care industry and a successful track record of taking on and improving former local authority care homes.
“With an increasingly ageing population, all authorities providing older persons care are under increasing pressure.
“However, by engaging high quality private sector providers in residential care alongside new county council services to support older people in their own homes for longer, we are taking the action needed to meet the long term demands facing social care.”
Clauses agreed as part of the sale include freezing current fees for residents for the next three years and retaining the facilities as a care home for the same period.
Despite the sale, which has also seen 376 council employees transfer to Runwood Homes, the homes will be subject to the same inspections by both the Quality Care Commission and the county council.
The authority will receive £2.5m from Runwood Homes, which will be put towards the costs of new investments in extra care and day services, and the switch will also save the council £900,000 per year in running costs.