New operators for town’s care homes

NILALM110127C1 - Ceders and Larches care home Ilkeston
NILALM110127C1 - Ceders and Larches care home Ilkeston

THE THREE Ilkeston care homes run by troubled care firm Southern Cross are set to have new operators by the end of next month.

In July, the cash-strapped care home provider, which owns 750 homes across the country, announced it would be broken up after attempts to rescue it failed.

NILALM110127C2 - Victoria Park  care home Ilkeston

NILALM110127C2 - Victoria Park care home Ilkeston

The landlords of the homes are now taking them all back and, in most cases, bringing in new private operators.

The biggest of the three homes in Ilkeston, Cedars and Larches in Nottingham Road, is set to be run directly by its landlord Four Seasons from this week.

Meanwhile, NHP the landlord at Victoria Park in Manners Road and Ladywood in Eaton Road, Kirk Hallam, have struck a deal to try and keep them open.

In July the firm announced an arrangement with care firm Court Cavendish to set up an operating company for its 249 homes let to Southern Cross.

NILALM110127C3 - Ladywood care home Kirk Hallam

NILALM110127C3 - Ladywood care home Kirk Hallam

Dr Chai Patel, former chief executive of The Priory rehab clinic – which treated celebrities including Kate Moss – is the chairman of Court Cavendish.

He said in July: “The needs of those who currently live in these homes, and their families and carers, are of 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.”

The transfer of the homes is set to be complete by October 31.

The Ilkeston homes house a total of 146 elderly residents.

Updates on all of the 600 homes in England are being collected by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and published on the Guardian newspaper’s website.

No guarantees have been made about the future of any of the homes but the Government, ADASS and Southern Cross have all promised that no resident will be left homeless.