MD vows to improve care standards, living environment

Parklands Care Homes has formally acquired two Moray care homes, with its managing director pledging to improve care standards and provide a better living environment for residents.

Weston View in Keith and Wakefield House in Cullen have now been incorporated into the Parklands group, six months after their former owner Craigard Care Limited suddenly went into administration.

The move ensures continuity of care for almost 70 residents and safeguards around 80 jobs across the two homes.

Ron Taylor, managing director of Parklands Care Homes said: “Our formal acquisition of Weston View and Wakefield House ends a period of uncertainty for both homes – for the residents, their loved ones and the employees. Since March we have been working with the administrators to secure the long-term future of these homes and I am delighted that they have now been incorporated into the Parklands group.

“Keith and Cullen are very much part of our Moray heartland, and I am pleased that we have been able to come to an agreement that ensures continuity of care for residents, gives peace of mind to relatives and safeguards dozens of local jobs.

“We look forward to working with the teams at Weston View and Wakefield House to improve care standards and provide a better living environment for residents. Both homes are so important to the communities they serve, and we are determined to elevate them to a higher standard.”

Last month, Parklands announced a £1 million improvement plan for the two homes.

At Wakefield House, Parklands plans to widen the pathway and entrance to the home to improve access for people with reduced mobility, create a new sunroom extension to deliver a larger communal space, upgrade laundry facilities, create a new hairdresser and improve staff changing facilities.

At Weston View, there are plans to introduce a new café, doubling as an event space, create a more welcoming entrance area, expand the home’s four day rooms and add balconies on the first floor to provide residents with outdoor space.

Parklands now has 11 care homes in Tain, Muir of Ord, Fortrose, Grantown, Aberlour, Buckie, Keith and Cullen.

The company, which this year marks its 30th anniversary, currently employs over 760 people and provides care for almost 400 residents.