20 new jobs at care home after £3.2m takeover
TWENTY jobs will be created following the takeover of a private nursing home.
Elder Homes Group is planning a major refurbishment of Basford Hurst Park Nursing and Residential Home in Cheddleton, which it has bought for £3.2 million.
The acquisition safeguards the jobs of 74 full and part-time staff, while the creation of new single-sex units for patients with more severe mental health issues will create 20 posts for nurses and carers.
Essex-based Elder Homes Group originally owned the home from 2001 to 2007, but since then it has been operated by Basford Hurst Limited.
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Elder Homes Group secured funding to buy back the home and refurbish it from Yorkshire Bank's Business Banking Centre.
David Messenger, managing director of Elder Homes Group, said: "We will be redecorating throughout the home, and replacing furniture and carpets as well as creating the two smaller specialist units with their own lounges and dining rooms for male and female residents.
"It is a template we've used in some of our other homes, and has worked well.
"Over the last three or four years we have re-developed our homes to cater for people with more demanding dementia so we have developed smaller units within the properties. This means that later in the year we will be looking to recruit up to 20 new nurses and carers.
"Yorkshire Bank has been very supportive of our plans because they have confidence in our business after seeing the success of other homes."
Elder Homes Group now has 800 beds located in Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Manchester and Essex.
Sue Carter, business partner at Yorkshire Bank's Business Banking Centre in Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, said: "The Elder Homes Group has a reputation for providing high-quality care for residents, many with dementia who need specific care. The group's management is always planning ahead and Yorkshire Bank's East Midlands healthcare team has been pleased to work with them on this acquisition."
The cost of the refurbishment has not been revealed.
Michael Bowen, Conservative ward councillor for Cheddleton, welcomed the news.
He said: "It's great news that the nursing home will be staying open, and that the new owners will be investing in it. It would have been a problem if the elderly residents had to be moved. It's also good to know it will be creating jobs in the area, as that is a major issue in my ward."