The absence of a sustainable funding model and an increasing demand for extra care schemes led to the disposal of Mears Group’s domiciliary care operations, HCI has learned.
The statement comes two days after the Gloucester-based business announced that it will sell its domiciliary care units in England, Wales and Scotland this year, with 2,500 jobs across 34 branches expected to be cut.
A Mears Group spokesperson said that despite its “outspoken calls” for a sustainable funding model from the government and “many other” providers leaving the market, the group has seen “no change” for the sector.
“A promised green paper has been ducked and ducked again,” the spokesperson added. “As a result of this our strategy remains clear – that we will continue to focus on housing and will extend our provision of extra care.”
Mears Group said it believes extra care is the “future of independent living” and has seen the benefits of such schemes, with a more stable and extended workforce, flourishing communities and better outcomes for residents.
“The Extra Care and Supported Living elements of the Care business remain core to our Housing with Care strategy and will be retained. These capabilities are a better fit with the rest of our business and are expected to provide additional opportunities on this in the future,” the spokesperson added.
Mears Group currently provides care and support services to 21 extra care schemes across the UK and has 10 years’ experience of providing services in these types of settings.
Its services, including care and support for people with dementia, mobility issues, acquired brain injuries and learning disabilities, are provided in a range of settings, including small buildings with a few properties and large sites with over 80 apartments.