Somerset Care to spend £10m on upgrading

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Not-for-profit company Somerset Care Limited will spend £10 million on upgrading 25 care homes it leases from Somerset County Council. Somerset Care says more than a thousand elderly residents, together with 1,700 staff working at the company¹s homes and for its domiciliary service, will benefit from the investment. The programme will complement improvements to buildings, furnishings and equipment which Somerset Care has already undertaken since the County Council¹s care service was transferred to the company in 1991. Somerset Care has already spent £6 million in the last decade in improving the quality of the leased homes. Somerset Care chairman John Richards said the new plan had been made possible by predicted revenue from occupancy ­ consistently running at more than 90 per cent ­ and the stability and financial security gained from new 99-year leases granted by the County Council on the homes. “At a time when the press is full of reports of care homes being obliged to close due to financial and reg

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