Talks start to stop the closure of care homes
Two private residential care homes threatened with closure may now be saved, it has emerged.
Four Seasons Health Care said yesterday that it was in discussions over the sale of Hamilton Court Care Home in Armagh and Garvagh Care Home in Co Londonderry. Sanville Nursing Home in Co Tyrone has been named as the prospective buyer of Hamilton Court. The other has not been named.
"While the transaction is progressing the company is suggesting that residents remain at their home if that is where they would like to stay, although it is for residents and families to decide for themselves," a spokesperson told the BBC.
"The company is working with the prospective buyers to move the sale process to a speedy conclusion."
Last month Four Seasons announced it would close seven care homes in Northern Ireland. Two - in Antrim and Ballynahinch - have already been sold.