Troubled Northampton nursing homes to defer closure plan

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Almost 30 nursing home residents could be allowed to remain at two at-risk care homes in Northampton for the time being, if a last -minute
 intervention by council officers is successful.

Moorfields Corporate Recovery said last week that Redruth Nursing Home, in Upton, and Cedarwood Nursing Home, in Kettering Road, are likely to close over the next three weeks.

However, it has emerged that Northamptonshire County Council are in talks with Moorfields about extending the notice period to allow the home to remain open in the short term.

It is understood this would be primarily to allow sufficient time for council teams to find suitable new homes 
and could be for up to six months.

A spokeswoman from Northamptonshire County Council said: “The county council no longer delivers direct residential care home services and in any case, never provided nursing care [both Redruth and Cedarwood are nursing homes].

“However, we are currently in negotiation with the administrators to extend the length of the notice period as this will allow more time for us to work with residents and their families to find the right alternative accommodation for each individual.”

Both homes, which are owned by the same holding company, Mapara Investments Ltd, had been placed into administration last month.

Joint administrator, Simon Thomas, said “Over the past few weeks we have carefully reviewed operations at both homes and concluded that it will not be possible to turn them around and stem trading losses in the short or medium term.

“We’ll work hard to identify purchasers for both homes within the care sector or the alternative use markets,” he added.