Cera Care has become one of the UK’s largest care companies following its acquisition of Mears Group’s domiciliary care business.
Cera Care said the deal, which makes the business one of the top 15 home care providers, will accelerate the roll out of its Smart Care technology more widely across the UK and increase revenue by over £30m.
The news follows last month’s announcement that Mears Group will sell its domiciliary care units in England, Wales and Scotland this year, with 2,500 jobs across 34 branches expected to be cut.
Cera Care’s co-founder and CEO, Dr Ben Maruthappu MBE, said: “Our acquisition of Mears Care gives us the opportunity to transform a traditional care service into an innovative care provider that operates on the frontier of revolutionising social care.
“This milestone will provide us with much greater national coverage, combined with a strong network and talent-base that takes our offering to a new level, serving many more users, and empowering many more care workers – making Cera the leader in modern and effective elderly care.”
Cera has over 2,000 employees and 20 offices across the country, delivering over 10,000 visits per day, representing a new care session every 10 seconds.
Recent tech roll outs from the start-up include its machine learning algorithms that predict health deteriorations before they occur with 83% accuracy, and its Dynamic Tasks platform – a so called Google Maps for care which uses AI to recommend actions to carers, with 93% accuracy. Through today’s acquisition, these innovations will become available to thousands of households up and down the country.
Dr Maruthappu added: “Since our launch in 2016, we have demonstrated our commitment to improving the quality of care provided to older people. Through the development and use of pioneering new technologies, we are transforming the lives of users and front-line staff, while working with the NHS to deliver better integrated services across the country.”