The Jewish Chronicle

Sunridge in care merger


SUNRIDGE COURT in Golders Green will become part of Jewish Care through an imminent merger.

The move follows discussion­s over a number of months and residents, relatives, staff and other key stakeholde­rs of the 44-capacity home have been informed of the situation.

Sunridge was establishe­d as a non-Orthodox home more than 50 years ago by a group of Reform and Liberal fam- ilies and a number of its current board are descendant­s of the founding group. The home maintains close links with both movements.

The plan is for Sunridge to join Jewish Care’s portfolio of homes while retaining its ethos and practices. Most of its 43 staff will be retained. Rated as “good” overall in its last Care Quality Commission inspection, it currently has 38 residents.

In a joint statement, Sunridge executive director Rachel Jones and Jewish

Care chief executive Daniel CarmelBrow­n said that with people living longer, “more specialist care will be needed going forwards.

“We are driven by the needs and aspiration­s of the growing number of older people in the community and providing them with continued excellent care.”

Sunridge chair Linda Stone added that by joining forces with Jewish Care, the home would “have access to greater resources to provide a higher level and wider spectrum of care, now and in the future, than we would by remaining separate organisati­ons.

“It will also provide us with the opportunit­y to offer better career options for colleagues and, importantl­y, help us attract and retain more talented and excellent people delivering care at the frontline.”

With “close conversati­ons” ongoing with residents, relatives and staff, “we hope to complete the partnershi­p with Jewish Care later in April”.

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