Jobs safeguarded as care home is bought out of administration


Jobs safeguarded as care home is bought out of administration

A Yorkshire care home has been bought out of administration with the help of funding from NatWest, ensuring continuity of care for elderly and vulnerable people and safeguarding more than 30 jobs.

Rowan Court provides support for residents who require personal or nursing care

Roman Court in Mexborough, a 35-bed nursing and residential home with 37 staff, had been in administration for more than three years when family run care company Maricare bought the home with a loan backed by the Government’s Funding for Lending scheme.

Renovations have already started on the home, which provides care for adults who require personal or nursing care, including those who have dementia.

Maricare, which already owned two care homes in Oxfordshire and Dorset, was started by former Army midwife teacher and NHS chief nursing officer Mary Whitehead in 2001.

Mike Whitehead, Maricare’s managing director and Mary Whitehead’s nephew, said:
“We looked around at a lot of homes but there was certainly something about Roman Court that we liked. It has a lot of potential, and we really liked the staff and the feel around the home.”

In addition to upgrading the accommodation, Whitehead plans to double the number of patients who need nursing care within the existing total of 35 residents.

The family worked with Steve Moore, a NatWest relationship director specialising in healthcare.

“Steve was always accessible and we knew where we stood all the time,” said Mike Whitehead. “Having good professional relationships is very important.”

Moore said: “I’m thrilled that we have been able to help Maricare purchase their third home, especially as Roman Court was in administration so they have been able to safeguard more than 30 jobs and provide some security and reassurance to those members of staff.

“Mike liked the fact that NatWest staff have sector specialisms. I run a healthcare seminar every year and he came along to that and enjoyed it. I look forward to supporting the business even further going forward.”

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