22nd January 2024

Care home operators enter administration

Two companies that operate care homes in the south of England have been placed into administration.

Tom Grummitt and Andrew Smith of insolvency firm Bridgewood have been appointed as Administrators of Hantona Ltd, which operates the Old Rectory in Swanage and Delph House in Poole, and Warwick Park House Ltd, which runs the Warwick Park Care Home in Plymouth. Jacqueline Haigh is the sole director of both companies.

In December, both Hantona and Warwick Park House announced that they would cease trading after facing financial difficulties. Since then, they have been working with local councils to support residents and their families and help them move to alternative accommodation.

Tom Grummitt, from Bridgewood, said seven residents currently remain at the Old Rectory, 11 at Delph House and 21 at Warwick Park. However, the homes would remain open until all residents had been safely relocated.

He comments: “This is a very difficult time for residents, their families and staff, and we are doing all we can to minimise any disruption or distress.

We are working closely with the local authorities and management teams at the homes to ensure that care can continue to be provided until all residents are relocated and that the quality of care can be maintained.

We are also gathering information to ascertain the financial position of the two companies, and while both have announced plans to cease trading, we will continue to explore all possible options.”.

Bridgewood is part of the Dow Schofield Watts network and operates under the name DSW Bridgewood.