Budleigh resedential care home merger completed

13:02 23 March 2012

Paul Allen - Abbeyfield CEO, Margaret Evans - Chair of Shandford House and Fundraising Committee,             Richard Pike - Retiring Chairman of Shandford Management Committee, Susan Bissett - The Manager of Shandford, Helena Little - Abbeyfield Director of Care

Paul Allen - Abbeyfield CEO, Margaret Evans - Chair of Shandford House and Fundraising Committee, Richard Pike - Retiring Chairman of Shandford Management Committee, Susan Bissett - The Manager of Shandford, Helena Little - Abbeyfield Director of Care

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The merger of the Shandford Residential Care Home and the The Abbeyfield Society, which specialises in sheltered housing for the elderly, has been completed.

And the Station Road care home has been renamed Abbeyfield Shandford.

The merger began on March 1, and secures the future of the care home, its 25 residents and 30 staff.

Shandford was opened on November 17, 1958, by a group of ‘inspired volunteers’ who purchased the building and converted it.

For 54 year the home was run by a committee of volunteer trustees who, alongside a team of specialist care staff, safeguarded it a safe haven for elderly residents from the Budleigh Salterton area,.

But fewer referrals and less cash from county hall over the last few years, combined with increasing regulation, led to the merger.

Now the Abbeyfield Society will now be able to continue the tradition of providing the care to give the residents the physical and emotional support they need.

Paul Allen, CEO of Abbeyfield and Director of Care Helena Little, have this week met with the members of Shandford to sign the merger documents.

Paul Allen CEO said: “Abbeyfield is honoured to have been chosen by the Shandford members to carry on their work and we look forward to providing people in the Budleigh area with the care and companionship that is the cornerstone of Abbeyfield.”

Abbeyfield owns nearby Lethaby House which provides sheltered housing for older people in Budleigh and he added: “The two Abbeyfield facilities will work closely together to provide the quality services to older people.”

Richard Pike of the Friends of Shandford, formerly the trustees management committee, said: “The nature of care to the residents will not change and they will remain of the upmost importance.

“We have been very careful in assessing the Abbeyfield approach to care. We are satisfied their ethos as a charity and not-for-profit organisation is similar to Shandford and that they will ensure the continuance of high-quality care for the existing, and new, residents.”

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