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Future for elderly looking more secure

PUBLISHED: 09:26 02 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

ELDERLY residents in four Suffolk care homes are celebrating today after their futures were secured by the homes' transfer to a new owner.

All current residents at the homes in Sherrington Road and Prince of Wales Drive in Ipswich, Beech House in Halesworth and Hazell Court in Sudbury will be able to stay there, and their care will be provided by the same staff.

ELDERLY residents in four Suffolk care homes are celebrating today after their futures were secured by the homes' transfer to a new owner.

All current residents at the homes in Sherrington Road and Prince of Wales Drive in Ipswich, Beech House in Halesworth and Hazell Court in Sudbury will be able to stay there, and their care will be provided by the same staff.

Suffolk County Council social care services will buy at least 80 per cent of the beds in the homes, on a block contract basis for the next ten years.

The new owner, Partnership in Care Ltd, will refurbish all the buildings and bring rooms and facilities up to the standards required by recent legislation – increasing the size of rooms and giving more of them en suite facilities.

The company is owned and managed by Ian Turner and Ian Anderson.

Mr Turner currently runs two nursing homes near Bury St Edmunds, which have received good reports from the county's Joint Inspection Unit for care homes.

He is a member of national, regional and local strategic and advisory panels on care issues.

Mr Anderson has considerable experience of the financial aspects of running a care business.

All staff at the homes will have their jobs transferred to Partnership in Care Ltd and the transfer of the homes should be completed by March 2002.

Spokeswomen for the Sherrington Road and Prince of Wales residential home today declined to comment.

Mr Turner said: "We are committed to

providing quality in care and we are looking forward to meeting our new residents and staff and telling them about our plans."

Councillor Ray Nowak, Suffolk County Council executive committee member, said: "This is good news for the residents and staff. They now have certainty about the future. We are sure that the care provided will continue to be of the highest standard but in a much improved environment once the homes have been refurbished."

In October 1998 the county council decided to sell four of its 26 homes for older people, to private buyers who would modernise them. Of the others, 14 already meet standards, three are being modernised and kept by the council, and five are being replaced with very sheltered housing schemes.


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