Balhousie take over Brookfield Home

LEADING care provider Balhousie Care Group has taken over the running of Brookfield Residential Home in Carnoustie, the owners of which have decided to retire.

John and Rosalind Fletcher will continue to own the building at 37 Maule Street, but Balhousie Care Group will now be responsible for all day-to-day operations.

All 41 members of staff, including manager Mary Brownlow, and 24 residents have transferred to Balhousie Care Group and the priority is to maintain continuity of care.

The home is well established in Carnoustie and facilities include a putting green, shop, hairdresser, library and transport for outings in the local area.

Residents also enjoy an entertainment programme, including weekly concerts, theatre visits and daily games.

Balhousie Care Group already owns nearby Balhousie Willowbank Care Home, which is on the same street, and in time Brookfield will be rebranded to reflect the Balhousie colours and style.

Tony Banks, chairman of Balhousie Care Group, said: “We are pleased to have taken over Brookfield Residential Home and welcome all the staff and residents to Balhousie Care Group.

“We were approached by the current owners of Brookfield Residential Home, Ros and John Fletcher, regarding the operation of the home as they were looking to take a step back from the business.

“We are always looking for opportunities to add value to the business and we felt we shared the same values and standards as Mr and Mrs Fletcher so this was an appropriate move for us, as well as ensuring that the jobs were safeguarded and there was continuity of care for all the residents, who will be cared for by the same members of staff as before.

“The care home is full and we believe there is sufficient demand in the area for places at both care homes, which are well established and popular.”

John Fletcher said: “We bought Brookfield as a family home in 1987 never realising it would become our business only three years later. Over the last 22 years, we met many characters and made wonderful friendships.

“Thanks are due to our dedicated staff past and present, and all the health care professionals who made Brookfield into the success it has become.

“We chose Balhousie Care Group due to their vast experience, reputation, resources, and eagerness to continue with our successful formula. We wish the staff, residents, and families, a prosperous future and thank Balhousie for the smooth transition and for their professionalism.”

Balhousie Care Group now cares for more than 860 residents in 25 homes across Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee and Perthshire. A further two homes are currently being built at Huntly and St Ronan’s, Dundee, taking the total capacity to around 1,100 residents.