FOUR CARE homes, one of which has been closed for almost four years and another which shut down last July, have been bought by two Dundee businesswomen.
Anne Marr and her daughter Debbie Douglas have completed agreements with Four Seasons Health Care for the sale to them of two companies operating Tullideph Care Home in Benvie Road and Forebank Care Home in Forebank Road.
They are also to take over the running of two former homes that operated as Camperdown Care home in Garry Terrace, which ceased operating in 2009, and Rosebank Care Home in Rosebank Street, which closed down in July last year.
The Marrs already own the premises of Forebank Care Home, which Four Seasons has operated on a leasehold basis and, on completion of the trans-actions, the lease will transfer back to them.
Debbie, who is to become operations director of the homes, said: “My job will be to support the managers and staff of the homes on a daily basis.
“I have already met staff and residents and plan to meet families soon after we take over the homes.”
Rob Harper, Four Seasons Health Care’s managing director in Scotland, said: “The well-being and comfort of residents is our priority, as it is for Anne and Debbie.
“We will work closely with them and in conjunction with social services and the Care Inspectorate to ensure a smooth transfer of the operations of Tullideph and Forebank care homes.
“The staff will be offered continuity of employment, so the residents should have the assurance that they will continue to be looked after by the same people who are caring for them now.”
Debbie holds the same position with Oranges and Lemons nurseries in Dundee which the Marrs also own.
Four Seasons Health Care will continue to operate 60 care homes in Scotland.