Four Season Healthcare has announced the transfer of a further 58 care homes and specialist units owned by landlords to new operators.
In a statement on its website, Four Seasons said administrators had been appointed to handle the migration of the homes, along with 10 closed homes and specialist units.
Allan Hayward, Chairman of Four Seasons Health Care Group, said: “We aim to achieve the orderly migration of these homes and specialist units to new operators as part of our ongoing work around our leasehold estate.
“Our top priority is to maintain continuity of care for our residents and patients by minimising the impact on them, their families and our colleagues and we are working closely with the regulators, new operators and the landlords to achieve this.”
Six of the homes, which are in Wiltshire, Bristol, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, are being taken over by Healthcare Homes.
Gordon Cochrane, Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Homes (Spring) Limited, said: “We are pleased to become the new nominated provider of these six established homes and will work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the transition is seamless. The investment in the homes brings positive stability to residents and staff, while also delivering on our growth ambitions. We look forward to working closely with staff, residents and relatives moving forward to maintain the highest standards of consistent care possible. We will also be identifying areas where investment can support further improvement at each home.”
The move, which is part of the restructuring of the group’s leasehold estate, follows the transfer of 44 homes to rival operators, Roseberry, Harbour Healthcare, Belsize Healthcare and Barchester Healthcare, in December.
The initial migration of the homes is being administered by Daniel Smith and Oliver Haunch, of Grant Thornton UK LLP, and Colin Hardman and Henry Shinners, of Smith & Williamson LLP. Further administration appointments are expected.
GMB National Officer, Rachel Harrison, labelled the transfer a “care catastrophe” that reflected the government’s “appalling lack of strategy” on social care.