Huddersfield care home operator collapses

Denison House in Selby is one of the homes Eldercare continues to operateDenison House in Selby is one of the homes Eldercare continues to operate

A care home provider housing hundreds of residents in West Yorkshire and Lancashire has gone into administration.

Eldercare (Halifax) Ltd offers nursing, residential and dementia care at eight homes in the region.

The Huddersfield Examiner quoted joint administrators, Toby Underwood and Lyn Vardy, of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), as saying Eldercare was seeking a buyer for its services.

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Ms Vardy said: “The administrators are working with both on-site and head office staff to ensure care, facilities and services continue to be provided as normal and that there is minimal disruption for residents, employees and suppliers.

“Company staff continue to work with the administrators and there will be no change in the day to day level of care and living experience of residents.

“The administrators will work closely with local authorities and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure all services continue as normal and that quality of care and resident welfare is maintained. Our plan is to continue trading the homes while buyers are sought for the homes.”

The provider has received a number of damning reports from the CQC, including one home, which has since closed, in which an inspector reported saving a resident from suffocating and another described by one resident as “frightening”.

At the time, Eldercare Director Brian Vincent admitted to “appalling” failures at the service blaming “malicious individuals”.  He blamed a lack of Government investment for the sector’s woes.

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