New company to oversee care homes

A new company has been established to manage a portfolio of 12 care homes across Northern Ireland, including two in Ballymena.

From April 26 Kathryn Homes is solely responsible for the operations of all 12 care homes, including Kintullagh House and Rose Court, previously managed by Runwood Homes.

The homes now under the management of Kathryn Homes are Carrickfergus Manor, Glenabbey Manor, Kintullagh House, Madelayne Court, Magherafelt Manor, Meadow View, Oak Tree Manor, Orchard Lodge, Rose Court, Weavers House, Willow Grove, and Clifton Nursing Home.

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The experienced Board will be led by Theresa Nixon, a former Director of Assurance in Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA), where she was responsible for the annual inspection regime and had oversight and responsibility for any regulatory actions required. Chair of Kathryn Homes, Theresa Nixon said: “Collectively, the wellbeing of residents is our number one priority. In our new roles we are dedicated to providing safe, comfortable homes where residents can receive the right care based on their needs as well as preferences.”

The experienced Board will be led by Theresa Nixon and Dermot Parsons who has been appointed Managing Director

A £1m refurbishment programme is currently underway at City View Court, previously Clifton Nursing Home.

Dermot Parsons, also a former Director of Assurance within RQIA, has been appointed Managing Director. He said: “The feedback from residents who have moved to the refurbished rooms has been excellent.

“We are committed to ongoing investment both in our facilities and in the development of our staff.”