Kingdom Homes has struck a deal which will see all residents and staff transfer from a Bield care home in Fife.
Last year, Bield announced 12 of its care homes across Scotland were to close and has since been working tirelessly to find other providers to keep them open.
Following extensive discussions, the housing and care provider has announced that an agreement has been reached which will see locally based Kingdom buy Finavon Court in Glenrothes, Fife.
The deal means that residents seamlessly transfer over to the new Kingdom Homes, with very few changes being experienced and, in particular, all existing staff will keep their jobs.
Colin Smart, Managing Director at Kingdom Homes (pictured, left), said: “We are pleased to bring Finavon Court into our group of 12 care homes. With over 30 years in the care sector in Fife we are confident that under our management the home will continue to flourish.
“From the moment we first visited the home and met with the staff and residents we knew that Finavon Court could not be allowed to close and thus we worked tirelessly with Bield to come to an agreement to allow Kingdom Homes to takeover and ensure the continuation of the service. Safeguarding the home for all the residents who live their along with the jobs for all the staff who currently look after the residents.
“When we had discussions with the local authority about Finavon, they stressed to us that they felt Finavon was a real community-based care home and they were very keen to see it continue to provide the care it does for the local community in Glenrothes.
“Great credit should be given to the staff who have maintained a positive attitude at the home and ensured that the residents have remained well cared for.
“We will look to build on this and support the existing staff to continually improve the service for the residents at Finavon in the future.”
Charlie Dickson, Director of Housing and Care Services at Bield, said: “It’s extremely pleasing that we’ve been able to strike an agreement with such a reputable care provider which has many other care homes throughout Fife.
“The deal ensures that high quality care is still provided to existing service users with no need for upheaval or disruption and also safeguards the jobs of staff.”
“We were fully aware of the serious impact the decision to close the care homes made on the lives of the people who use our services, their families and our staff."