A decision was made by Kent County Council in February 2016 to sell Wayfarers Care Home in Sandwich as a going concern and a purchaser has now been selected.
Using the services of a specialist agent who is experienced in selling care homes, multiple offers were received and evaluated by senior staff in Kent County Council.
Compass Care Homes, which is the chosen purchaser, has been established since 1997 and provides residential care and support to adults and older adults with learning and physical disabilities along with care at home to older people.
Graham Gibbens, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “It was extremely important for us to make sure the new owner of Wayfarers could demonstrate the values we would expect going forward, provide confidence in investing and developing the service and the staff so that residents and future residents can continue to receive good quality care.
“We are pleased to announce that Compass Care Homes met all the requirements of the criteria set, which was, in part, informed by staff working at Wayfarers, and we will be working closely during the transition phase to make sure the needs of the residents and staff are met.”
Indi Lal, Compass Care Homes Director, said: “Our approach to care is very much person centred and we put residents, staff and the community at the core of our work.
“Wayfarers is a fantastic care home in the heart of the community and we are looking forward to working in partnership with Kent County Council to carry on the excellent work they have achieved with this home.”
Existing residents and their families will be supported throughout the transfer of the service and their arrangements will be protected. The transition is expected to be completed by Autumn/Winter 2017.