LV Care Group has been selected as the preferred bidder to take on the operation of the Jeanne Jugan Residence, currently run by Little Sisters of the Poor, the charity dedicated to providing nursing care worldwide to the elderly and those in need.
One of the principal factors in choosing the preferred bidder was their commitment to honour the existing contracts for residents and staff. LV will continue the ethos of the Little Sisters by working with the community and religious groups in certain aspects of the operation of the Jeanne Jugan Residence, including facilitating the management of the on-site chapel with the resident priest.
LV is a locally-based care group, which currently runs Lavender Villa Residential, Cheval Roc Residential & Nursing and Rosemary Cottage Specialist Residential Homes. LV also operate an extensive home care and mental health service in Jersey. It will assume responsibility for Jeanne Jugan later this year subject to the agreement of contracts and regulatory requirements being met.
LV will now carry out a period of due diligence and will work with the Sisters to communicate with staff, the residents and their families to ensure that any concerns are addressed. It is expected that it will assume day-to-day running of the residential home in the first half of 2019 with the Little Sisters of the Poor continuing to provide care until the deal is formally completed.
Sister Caroline Emmanuel, Mother Superior Provincial, says:
‘The decision to leave was a very difficult one but we are confident that LV is the best provider to run the home. The security and wellbeing of our staff and residents were our main priorities in selecting a preferred bidder, and we’re pleased that they will continue to be supported and that the ethos of the Little Sisters of the Poor will continue to be part of the home.’
Nick Bettany, director at LV Care Group, says:
‘The Little Sisters of the Poor have provided care in Jersey for more than 130 years but took the difficult decision to withdraw from the island last year. We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred bidder for the Jeanne Jugan Residence and we look forward to continuing the excellent work of the Little Sisters on the island.’
D2 Real Estate and UK business property adviser, Christie & Co, managed the marketing of the care home. Legal aspects of the sale were handled by Bedell Cristin’s Nancy Chien, Partner, Jeff O’Boyle, Head of Property and Guy Westmacott, Partner.