Two Murray care homes are set to be sold after Craigard Care Limited have gone into administration.
FRP Advisory, who are responsible for the care operator, have agreed to sell the Weston View Care Home in Keith and the Wakefield House Care Home in Colwyn.
Craigard’s Riverside Care Home in Aberdeen will also be sold while all 165 staff members will relocate to the homes following the completion of the sales.
This is expected to be completed when the Care Inspectorate has completed the required re-registration process when there has been a change of ownership.
Weston View and Wakefield House will be taken over by Parklands Care Limited, who manage a further 10 homes across Moray and the Highlands. Riverside will be sold to Renaissance Care Limited.
Ron Taylor, Managing Director of Parklands Care Homes, said: “We have agreed to work with the Administrator to ensure that Craigard Care Limited homes in Keith and Cullen can continue to operate normally.
“We understand this will be a worrying time for residents, their relatives and staff. Working with the Administrator, our focus is to ensure residents in both homes receive high quality care and support staff during this challenging period.
“The management of Craigard Care Limited will come as a shock to many in the community and highlight the ongoing challenges facing the care sector.
“However, given our experience as a caregiver in the North East over 30 years, and the fact that all of our Moray homes are 5-star rated, we believe we are well placed to ensure these homes can deliver the highest standards of care.”
Founded in 1996, Craigard Care went into administration due to “extremely high” operating and agency costs which led to unsustainable cash flow problems.
It is planned to retain three staff based in Aboyne to assist the joint directors in the short term. However, all four Head Office staff will eventually be laid off but will be supported by the Joint Administrators.
Graham Smith, FRP Advisory Director and Joint Principal, said: “The planned sale of the three homes is excellent news for the residents, employees, suppliers and local communities that depend on these important amenities.
“We are also pleased that 165 jobs are set to continue when the proposed deals are completed and wish every success with their plans for Parklands Care and Renaissance Care.”
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