UK company purchases three NI care homes
Three care homes across Northern Ireland have been bought over by a UK firm.
Runwood Homes is taking on the homes here, expanding its operations in Northern Ireland.
It's taking on Ashbrooke Care Home in Enniskillen, Ard Mhacha Care Home in Armagh and Geanann Care Home in Dungannon.
It currently has seven homes here. The latest expansion will mean the group has more than 800 care home bedrooms across Northern Ireland.
Runwood Homes says it is also finishing off another facility at Glengormley, which will be completed later this year.
First Minister Arlene Foster said the "major investment in our local private care sector by Runwood Care Homes reflects the desire of the group to provide a model of best practice for older people in the community".
"I wish them success in this venture as the care homes are in my locality."
And fellow Fermanagh DUP MLA Lord Morrow said: "The leadership of this group in Northern Ireland has established a well-developed plan to deliver a high quality service to our most vulnerable people in the community.
John Rafferty, Northern Ireland director of operations at Runwood Homes, said the latest acquisition is another "good strategic fit with our operation in Northern Ireland and complements our portfolio of homes".
"I look forward to working with the local communities attached to these homes and I assure the key stakeholders that we will deliver a model of innovative and evidenced-based care practices," he said.
Carol Shields, who is dementia services manager for the firm, will carry out an audit of all the new homes to "develop an action plan for service improvement to ensure that our residents receive the highest standard of care possible".
"The initial focus will be based on the environment, activities, meal-time experience and the implementation of our renowned and innovative dignity strategy," she said.
In March Runwood Homes announced it was creating 120 new jobs with its new care home in Glengormley.
It operates 65 facilities across the UK.