Shropshire care group Adelphi Care Services, which provides services to adults with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour, is to become part of The Regard Group, the UK’s fourth biggest care provider.
Nine specialist residential and supported living services will become part of Regard, which was formed in 1994, and now has a staff of over 2,200 operating at 150 sites around the country. The organisation currently supports more than 1,100 people, helping them to live their lives to the full and as independently as possible.
Carterwood, the specialist property agents dedicated to the care sector, were instructed by the shareholders of Adelphi Care Services to seek a suitable buyer for the business and played an integral role in facilitating the acquisition by Regard, which comes at a time when it is already experiencing significant organic growth.
Regard has opened 12 new services within the past 12 months – all of which filled very quickly – with a further 12 new openings planned by mid-2018.
The Regard Group was named ‘Specialist Care Provider of the Year’ in the 2017 national awards of HealthInvestor magazine. Judges said their team had demonstrated ‘innovation and excellence in the deals they worked on over the past year as well as an ability to bring meaningful change to the lives of the people they support.’
The Adelphi services will benefit from the merger by having access to a wide portfolio of specialist in-house services, such as Regard’s dedicated Benefits Team and Positive Behaviour Service, all designed to ensure the best possible quality of life for the people they support.
Sandie Foxall-Smith, chief executive officer of Regard, said: “We believe that Adelphi shares our values of putting the people we support at the centre of everything we do.
“We fully understand how important continuity of care is for them and their families, and are looking forward to welcoming them into The Regard Group.
“Despite the market being very tough at the moment, Regard is growing steadily across the country – both occupancy-wise and business-wise – due in no small part to the way we monitor and respond to regional demands.”
Regard regional director Kay Beacham is leading the team that is helping to ensure a smooth transition for the Adelphi services as they are incorporated into The Regard Group.
Tom Hartley, principal agent at Carterwood, said: “All parties involved have worked extremely hard to achieve a successful completion of this acquisition and we are pleased to achieve a good outcome for all.”