Three companies are in the running to take over the contract to run 12 Bupa care homes in mid-Wales.
A decision on the future of the homes, which are contracted to Bupa until May 2019, is expected on March 1, the Powys County Times reported.
The homes were originally intended to be included in a takeover deal with HC-One but the plans were dropped after the council threatened to block the transfer (see EXCLUSIVE: HC-One drops ‘complex’ transfer of Bupa Powys homes).
The deadline for the final bids for the homes expires next week with the council expected to have chosen its preferred partners by mid-January.
Dylan Owen, head of transformation for Adult Services, told a Health, Care and Housing Scrutiny Committee: “A number of companies came back to us and of those we have then put it to tender with three parties.
“We will receive their final bids on December 17. Then we will be evaluating those.
“And from mid-January we will be going to our preferred partner.
“We will then be working with them and negotiating the exact details of the contract.”
The homes include: Llys Hafren in Welshpool, Plas Cae Crwn in Newtown, Llwyn Teg in Llanfyllin, Wylesfield in Llandrindod Wells, Prestmede in Presteigne, Maes-y-Wennol in Llanidloes, Brynhyfryd in Builth Wells and Cartref Dyfi in Machynlleth.