Four Seasons agrees sale of troubled care home

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Four Seasons Healthcare has agreed to sell Millbrow Care Home in Widnes to Halton Borough Council.

The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval from the CQC, was reached following Four Seasons’ announcement of the home’s closure in October (see Recruitment problems lead to Four Seasons closures).

Rachael Junge, Four Seasons’ Regional Managing Director, said: “This is a very good outcome for everyone and particularly for the residents who will continue to be cared for at Millbrow, their families and the care team.

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“The staff will be offered continuity of employment, so the residents should have the assurance that they will be looked after by the same people who are caring for them now.

“It is several months since we informed the council that we were considering ceasing to operate the home and we began to engage with them and the landlord to try to secure its future and now we have certainty.

“Four Seasons Health Care did not lightly come to the decision to cease operating the home and it was based on a combination of factors. We have had local difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff, particularly nurses, with the right level of skills, which has necessitated a high use of temporary agency staff and has resulted in challenges to maintain the standards that we expect all of our homes to provide. The home has not been financially sustainable for some time.”

Millbrow, which has been operating at well under full occupancy levels, was rated Inadequate by the CQC following an inspection in August.

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