Care home under threat

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VULNERABLE people in a troubled Wigan care home face an uncertain future after the council was forced to step in.

Dean Wood Manor, in Orrell, is currently up for sale after its parent company Mimosa, which owns more than 20 facilities across the country, went into administration.

The Spring Road facility, which has 34 residents and specialises in offering help for elderly people suffering from dementia, is currently being traded by joint administrators BDO LLP through its licenced agents.

The administrators, who were appointed on March 24, are currently hoping to sell Dean Wood and Mimosa’s other care homes, but Wigan Council has also stepped in and become involved in the situation.

The administrators have also stressed they are hoping to avoid redundancies, and none of the 56 jobs at the care home are currently in danger.

A Wigan Council spokesman said: “We’re not linked with the home in any way other than we are working with the appointed administrators and their care advisers to support and safeguard the interests of residents.”

The last report on Dean Wood Manor by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), published in October 2013 following a routine inspection, found the home met all the standards expected and contained several quotes from residents’ families expressing their satisfaction with the levels of care at the facility.