Argus Care Group based in Aberdeen which provides residential care at homes in Scotland and the North of England has gone into administration. The firm has 12 care homes and employs 800 people. The homes have 500 residents.
Bryan Jackson, of PKF who are handling the administration, said: “We will continue to operate the homes as normal while they are in administration. He added that there were no plans to close any of the homes or make people redundant... They have also said that continuity of care is a top priority and that everyone will be informed of developments.
So what is likely to happen? It depends on the situation, but Southern Cross that recently went into administration may offer some indications. In Southern Cross's case the landlords of the group, who were care providers themselves, had to takeover the running of the homes and landlords that didn't had to accept big cuts in the rents. Of course, the group could be sold and some residents may be relocated.
The absence of bad press on how residents have fared under Southern Cross offers some comfort for those relatives of those in the care of Argus Care.