Two Liverpool care homes threatened with closure are to be transferred to a new operator.
Brushwood (pictured) and Millvina Care Homes are being transferred to Bloomcare after Shaw healthcare gave notice last summer that it was to cease provision due to “significant and unsustainable losses”.
Shaw healthcare and Liverpool City Council reached an interim agreement to keep the homes running until the spring in September while talks took place on finding a provider to run the services under a new agreement.
Bloomcare is a locally based care operator with experience of providing good quality dementia, nursing and residential care across Liverpool City region and the north-west.
Staff will transfer to the new operator on their current terms and conditions, and existing residents will have their care protected with no top-up fees.
Acting Mayor, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “I know there was a huge amount of concern from residents and relatives about the proposed closure of the homes, and this news will come as a great relief to them.
“We have been working hard behind the scenes over the last few months to identify a new operator committed to the long term future of both sites and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with Bloomcare.
“For residents, this provides certainty that they can stay in the homes with the same care. For staff, it means they will continue to be employed on the same terms and conditions.”
Audrey Tan, Operations Director at Bloomcare, said: “We are thrilled to be able to incorporate the operation of Millvina and Brushwood into our company vision of providing excellence in dementia care across the north-west. It is our pleasure to be able to provide the continuity of care needed during these challenging times.
“We are honoured for the opportunity to steward Brushwood and Millvina, and we look forward to building on the existing relationships within the community and welcoming all staff and residents to our Bloomcare family.”
Mike Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Shaw healthcare, commented: “We wish Liverpool City Council, the fantastic residents and the great people we initially employed the very best. We have been honoured to have been part of the journey so far and look forward to seeing the services prosper under the new provider.”