Stow Healthcare, the East Anglian based premium nursing and residential care provider, has completed the purchase of The Cedars Care Home from care operator QH The Cedars Limited. The company, which has increased its capacity to over 330 beds in East Anglia with this purchase, also operates the award winning Stowlangtoft Hall Nursing Home near Bury St. Edmunds, Ford Place Nursing Home in Thetford, Brandon Park Nursing Home near Brandon, and Melford Court Care Home in Long Melford. This acquisition is the second such deal Stow Healthcare has completed in the region recently, following their purchase of Halstead Hall, also located in Halstead, Essex
The Cedars is currently registered for 63 residents and offers Stow Healthcare the opportunity to expand its premium care brand in Essex. The Cedars, an elegant 19th Century house that retains many of its original features, is located on the edge of the historic north Essex town of Halstead. The home provides long-term, respite and convalescence dementia and nursing care to the elderly.
Roger Catchpole, Managing Director of Stow Healthcare, said of the deal: “We are delighted to have agreed the purchase of a care facility with such great potential. Despite the home struggling for many years, I am confident that with the support of Essex County Council, the Care Quality Commission, and the local Halstead community, we can turn this home into one of the best care homes in Essex.”
Mr Catchpole is committed to providing the highest quality care to the residents at the home, which is to be renamed Cedars Place, and has taken over the running of the home following regulatory approval by the Care Quality Commission.
Over the coming years Stow Healthcare plans to invest significantly in the renovation of this care facility and in the training of its staff. Mr Catchpole knows that a quality care provision is a vital element of care that enables elderly residents to retain their independence and dignity.
Mr Catchpole went on to say: “I am determined to continuously improve the quality of care on offer at The Cedars, and in East Anglia more generally. Our residents deserve the best care possible, and we have a responsibility to support them.”
Stow Healthcare’s legal advisers on the transaction were Ashtons Legal. Geoff Hazlewood, who heads the Corporate and Commercial team at Ashtons, commented: “We are delighted to be able to assist Stow Healthcare as they continue to expand their group of award-winning care homes in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. It is rewarding to be able to work with a company which is clearly committed to providing a much-needed high quality resource in the region and has found a highly successful formula for doing so.”