Care home saved by new operators

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CARE home residents and staff at a facility threatened with closure have had their future assured after a new operator took over its running.

The 39 bed home in Rumbold Lane, Wainfleet, was cast into jeopardy in July after its former operator Southern Cross Care Homes folded after encountering severe financial difficulties.

New operators, Orchard Care Homes, has taken over management of the Wainfleet facility, along with 44 other former Southern Cross Care Homes.

Wainfleet manager Jill Lawie said: “It’s great news for all of us at Wainfleet that Orchard has taken over the running of the home.

“It brings to an end months of uncertainty for the residents, staff, and our local community.

“We are looking forward to working together with the new management to provide the best possible care for everyone who lives here.”

The Leeds-based operator is one of the largest providers of elderly care in the north of England and recently appointed Mike Lake, former director general of Help the Aged to its board.

Its expansion into former Southern Cross facilities has provided a significant addition to its portfolio and an increased present outside of its traditional northern base.

Orchard Homes CEO Paul Mancey said: “We are delighted to be welcoming staff and residents at Wainfleet on board.

“This is a very exciting time for the company and we hope that this announcement will end the speculation and anxiety for all involved over the past few months.

“Orchard Care Homes has a huge amount of operational expertise to ensure that the homes are run successfully with the highest quality of care.

“Continuity of care remains our priority - we have a dedicated team in place working towards a smooth transition, who have been engaged with representatives of Southern Cross, the landlords and individual home managers for the past few months.”