A CARE home in the city has gone bust – but looks set to remain open while a new buyer is sought.
James B Stephen and Kerry F Bailey of BDO LLP have been appointed as joint administrators of Trinity Care Lodge.
The home was previously based in Craighall Road, Trinity, but was moved to the former Elsie Inglis Nursing Home building in Abbeyhill in October 2012 to allow for the construction of a promised new home which has never materialised.
Family members were invited to a crisis meeting at the home last Wednesday, which was attended by the administrators, the care home staff, social workers and representatives from the Care Inspectorate.
In the invitation letter, joint administrator Mr Stephen reassured them that the “current intention” was to operate the home as usual until new owners could be found.
“We are committed to maintaining the level of care provided to residents and determined that they should not experience any disruption or change to their day-to-day lives as a result of the administration appointment,” he wrote.
According to relatives of the care home’s residents, Mr Stephen pledged at the meeting to keep families updated and told them that the plan was to keep going until they could find a “longer-term solution”.
He also told families it was “always the objective” for the new-build to be on the former Trinity site and for residents to be moved there once it had been completed.
However, it emerged this week that work has yet to commence on the new home, almost three years after the move, and that only a small section of the old building has been demolished.
One resident’s family member suggested that the financial problems had been sparked by rental costs for the Abbeyhill site as work stalled on the Trinity redevelopment.
Asked by relatives to explain the lack of work at the Craighall Road site, Mr Stephen said financial backers had been unwilling to stump any more cash.
Administrators now hope to sell off the assets as “quickly” as they can and are in the process of appointing marketing agents.
They are due to meet the agents today to show them the plans for the redeveloped site.
The News asked the administrators why the home has gone bust, but no-one was available for comment.
But at the meeting, relatives said Mr Stephen claimed the company was weighed down by debt under an unworkable financial structure.
There are two secured creditors who are owed money on the building and on the development site.
The administrators are now in talks with the landlord of the Abbeyhill site, Peacock Medicare.