EXCLUSIVE: Former Orchard Care homes go into administration

Haslingden Hall & Lodge

Four care homes have gone into administration after former owner Orchard Care and landlord Holly Blue Management Company failed to agree lease terms.

The management of St Georges Hall & Lodge, Darlington, Haslingden Hall & Lodge, Rossendale, Norton Lees, Sheffield and Chorley Lodge, Chorley, has been into the hands of care home services company Careport’s subsidiary Lucina Care by administrator BDO.

Orchard Care Homes CEO Tom Brookes told CHP: “We have been negotiating new leases with four landlords for the past 11 months in order to ensure our leaseholds are sustainable. While we have reached agreement with three of the four, we have failed to agree terms with Holly Blue Management Company. We have done as much as we possibly could to ensure a smooth transfer of management of the homes.”

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Sheffield City Councillor Chris Peace, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “I want to reassure residents and families that the council is working closely with Careport and assisting in whatever way we can.

“Following notification that Norton Lees Hall and Lodge has gone in to administration, communication is ongoing with relatives, residents and staff at the home. Careport, the interim appointed operator, have told us that there should be no noticeable difference to residents and family in the running of the home.”

Louise Taylor, Lancashire County Council’s executive director of adult services, health and wellbeing, said: “Two homes run by Orchard Care, Chorley Lodge and Haslingden Hall and Lodge, have been put into administration. Management of both homes has been taken over by Careport, who are acting on behalf of the administrators. Careport have informed us the homes are not currently at risk of closure. They are doing all they can to minimise disruption to residents.

“People’s safety and wellbeing is our main concern and we’re monitoring the situation closely in case we need to provide any extra support.”

Sarah Rayment, BDO business restructuring partner told CHP: “Unfortunately, difficult trading conditions significantly affected the businesses. However, we are hopeful of securing going concern sales and safeguarding the long-term future of the homes for all residents.

“The homes will continue to operate whilst this is explored, and our primary focus is to ensure the maintenance of high quality care to residents. We will continue to work closely with all parties, including specialist care management company Lucina Care Limited, to ensure residents experience no interruption to their care services.”

BDO added all employees had been retained at the homes.

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