Windsor Court care home in Bournemouth has been saved with the Gervis Meyrick Estate having completed a lease to residential care specialists Beritaz Group, securing a £1 million investment package.
The care home was minutes away from closure in the summer of 2015 when the Estate stepped in to acquire the original lease from the administrators after the care home’s previous owners fell into financial difficulties.
Beritaz Group, a family-owned care home provider with homes across Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset, was subsequently appointed on a short-term basis to ensure the care home remained fully operational while the Estate looked to find a long-term care partner. The Estate has now transformed the short-term arrangement into a long-term lease, thereby assuring the continuity of high quality provision of elderly care and specialist services to existing residents.
Allowing for continuity of care, the refurbishment, which includes a new lift, dedicated dementia floor, 45 upgraded en-suite rooms, improved staff facilities and homely relaxation areas, will be introduced on a phased basis, with the original building maintained and preserved.
Kumar Gnanakumar, owner and chief executive at Beritaz Care said: “Since getting involved at a very short notice in June 2015, we were committed to securing this as a facility for the local community amidst the wave of local care home closures.
“We are delighted to have secured the long term future of the home through a lease and investment support from the Estate for our first care home in Bournemouth, especially one which offers care for different budget requirements in an area where high end care homes can be too costly for many families.”
Jane Portman, executive director, Adult and Children’s Services and deputy chief executive at Bournemouth Council said: “The rescue of Windsor Court meant existing residents avoided having to move to another care home and, thanks to the Gervis Meyrick Estate’s new lease arrangements, we continue to have this important care facility in the town.
“We are especially pleased that Windsor Court will include a specialist dementia service and Beritaz Care are able to welcome people with a mix of budgets. Despite some recent closures, Bournemouth’s care home market continues to be healthy especially for those homes that adapt to the needs of our town and focus on quality.”