New owners buy scandal-hit care home

Exterior of the Willowbrooke Nursing Home on Todd Lane South, Lostock Hall, which was formerly the abuse home Briarwood. PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-5-2015
Exterior of the Willowbrooke Nursing Home on Todd Lane South, Lostock Hall, which was formerly the abuse home Briarwood. PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-5-2015
  • Care home closed last summer after abuse allegations
  • Now new owners have bought site and plan to reopen
  • Open day on Saturday for families to find out more

THE owners of a new residential home which has opened on the site of a former scandal-hit service hope to breathe new life into the building.

Later this month Willowbrooke Residential Home in Todd Lane South in Lostock Hall, near Preston, following a complete refurbishment.

It has been gutted, painted, has new carpets. It’s all brand new

The building was previously home to Briarwood Rest Home which closed last summer amid abuse allegations.

The new home is completely separate from Briarwood after the building was bought by new owners last year.

This Saturday an open day will be held for families to find out more about the new service.

It will cater for 19 people and more than 20 staff in total have been hired.

Deputy manager Kath Whitehead said today: “Hayley and Anthony Abram bought it.

“It has been gutted, painted, has new carpets. It’s all brand new.

“It’s going to be a residential home with 19 beds.

“We are having the open day on Saturday, it will open for residents on May 25.”

The home’s manager is Mandy Senior, who like Kath, has worked in the profession for many years.

Kath added: “We are excited, they bought it in August. Mandy and I have worked in various homes, we know what works and what doesn’t, everything we have asked for they have done it.

“We are really impressed with everything.

“It has been inspected by the CQC and all the staff starting at the same time means they are all singing off the same hymn sheet.

“Saturday is a chance for people to look round and get a feel for the place.”

Briarwood Rest Home closed in June last year amid allegations of mistreatment of residents. Indranee and Meghadeven Pumbien and employee Niphawan Berry are due to stand trial in July.