New owners for care home in town centre

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New investment is being planned for a Morpeth care home after it was acquired by a family-owned North East firm.

Parkside Care has added Northlands Nursing Home in Kings Avenue to its portfolio of properties, which also includes facilities in Sunderland, Gateshead and North Shields.

The 35-bed facility has been bought from owner Jill Lax. She had run it since 1995 as part of Autumncare Group Ltd, which had added an extension to the original building shortly after its purchase to almost treble its capacity from the original 13-bed size.

Over the next 18 months, the new owners will be carrying out an extensive refurbishment project throughout the building to ensure everything is in line with its corporate standards – with a new nurse call system, new lighting and new flooring all due to be installed.

All of the 40 full and part-time staff who work at Northlands are remaining in place.

The Kerr family which owns Parkside Care has been operating care homes since 1988. The business currently employs around 140 people across its four properties.

Director Andrew Kerr said: “We pride ourselves on the family-oriented approach we take to care provision and on the degree of detailed knowledge that our whole team has about our residents, their personal needs and their families.

“The setting, size and character of Northlands seemed to fit extremely well with our existing strengths and ways of working, and we’re planning to make investments in the property wherever we think they are required.”

Matthew Flinders of RMT Accountants & Business Advisors and Debra Swinburn of Evans & Co advised Ms Lax on the disposal of the Northlands care home. Darrell Francoisy of NatWest Bank and Christopher Welch of Sintons Law Firm worked with Parkside Care on the acquisition.

Ms Lax said: “After running it for more than two decades, Northlands has become far more than just a business to us and we have made significant financial and emotional investments in creating the kind of supportive environment that residents deserve.

“We had to be certain that we were going to be passing it on to the right sort of operator, which would look after the residents and staff as we would wish and keep developing the quality of services that Northlands could offer.

“We felt that Parkside was the best fit in terms of its approach to care provision and plans for the future.

“I’m confident that Northlands will have a bright future with its new owners.”