Fears for future as two homes for elderly go under

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TWO homes which care for almost 90 elderly residents in Long Sutton have gone into administration.

More than 60 jobs could be at risk at Adderley House Ltd, which runs both Adderley Nursing Home and Adderley Residential Home, unless a new owner is found.

Neil Gostelow and Jane Moriarty, of accounting firm KPMG, have been appointed joint administrators for the company, which was run as a subsidiary of Stargate Partnership Ltd.

Although Mr Gostelow and Ms Moriarty were appointed on September 6 and 7 respectively, the uncertain future for the homes was only revealed this week.

We understand that worried members of staff have been warned not to talk to the press.

“Family-run enterprise” Stargate Partnership Ltd also operates five other care homes in Cambridgeshire, West Sussex, Kent and Surrey.

Mr Gostelow, who is also restructuring director at KPMG, said: “The companies were affected by the recent economic downturn.

“The homes provide care for around 150 residents and it is our aim, with the help of a specialist care homes operator, to minimise any disruption to the daily routine while we seek purchasers for the businesses as going concerns.

“Should it be necessary to close the homes we will ensure that all necessary parties are contacted and suitable replacement homes are found for the residents.”

The homes on London Road currently have 66 staff and 89 residents.

According to the Stargate Partnership website, Adderley Residential Home was converted from a private house approximately 30 years ago.

It offers long-term accommodation, short breaks, day care and drop-in services with 15 flatlets and 12 bedrooms.

Adderley Nursing Home has been purpose-built to accommodate people in need of both residential and nursing care, and those with dementia.

The home is said to have 66 single rooms and three double rooms.

KPMG has confirmed all seven care homes will continue to operate as normal and all of the 200 care home staff have been retained on appointment.

Specialist care home operator Healthcare Management Solutions has been appointed to manage day-to-day operations at the homes.

Five staff employed at the Stargate Partnership Ltd head office in Croydon have been made redundant.