Larchwood Care has announced the closure of Willow Brook House in Northamptonshire after the building was sold to new owners.
The site, which currently cares for 35 elderly people, including people living with dementia, is reportedly being sold by London based company, Larch Life No.1, to Northampton-based St Matthew’s Healthcare, which runs care homes for people with mental health needs.
A spokesperson for the home said: “We regret that the home is closing. We do not own the building, which has been sold and the new owner has asked for vacant possession. We understand how difficult this will be for everyone involved.
“We will work with the local authority to make the transition to new homes as smooth as possible for our residents. By engaging with other local care providers and the job centre we hope that we can help our staff to find new positions and we will offer them support at this difficult time.”
Jasbinder Singh Bhullar, Director of Operations & Business Development of St Matthews Healthcare, said the building would be used for people presenting with challenging behaviour and mental health needs.
A spokesperson from Northamptonshire County Council said: “We have been notified of the decision to close Willow Brook House following the sale of the property by the landlord and termination of the care provider’s lease. We have therefore begun the process of reviewing the needs of residents living at Willow Brook to identify appropriate alternative care arrangements within the next three months. As always the wellbeing of residents is our first priority and we will be offering support to both Northamptonshire County Council-funded residents and their families, and self-funded residents as needed.”