Two Liverpool care homes facing closure are to remain open until the spring following a deal between the council and their operator.
The breakthrough came after Liverpool City Council revealed it was “actively looking” at proposals to save the Brushwood (pictured) and Millvina care homes which current operator Shaw healthcare said it would have to close following “significant and unsustainable losses”.
In an update to a meeting of councillors, Mayor Joe Anderson revealed the council had reached an agreement with the firm while talks continue to see if another provider can be found.
Shaw healthcare has agreed to remain in place delivering care until spring next year, or until a new provider takes over – whichever is sooner.
The council is continuing discussions with a range of interested parties. Shaw is among the parties who have been invited to submit proposals to ensure the continued operation of the homes.
Mike Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Shaw healthcare, commented: “We are extremely pleased about Liverpool Council’s decision to use Shaw healthcare to extend operating the Liverpool services. The kind feedback from the loved ones of those who receive care at Millvina and Brushwood has been a pleasure to read and it has always been our desire to deliver care in the city for the long term.
“The set of circumstances that poses the risk of closure is faced by Liverpool Council and Shaw. Any decisions around the future of the services are discussed based on the viability of success of the mutually agreed contract. It is our hope that we continue to deliver care as long as the employees, relatives and people of Liverpool want us there.”