A SOMERSET care home has been sold, and becomes part of a larger care operation.

Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co has completed on the sale of Worcester Lodge, an established care home situated in Clevedon, North Somerset.

Worcester Lodge delivers personalised dementia care for 39 residents, with the home divided into two areas - one for residents with mild dementia, and one for residents needing more care.

There are also two garden areas where residents can relax outdoors.

The business was previously owned by Joyce Pinfield, who has owned the home for 18 years and is a prominent member of the National Care Association.

She decided to sell to pursue retirement, and commented: “I have really enjoyed my time looking after the residents at Worcester Lodge supported by a fantastic team.

"I wish the purchasers well for the future at Worcester Lodge, where I hope the motto ‘Love, Laughter and Comfort’ will continue for many years to come.”

Worcester Lodge has been purchased by local operators Josh and Mike Slator, of Osborne Care Homes Ltd, who acquired the business to complement their existing care home, Osborne House.

Josh, who has ambitious plans to expand across the South West, said: “We can’t wait to get to know the residents and their relatives, and to work with the staff to continue the exceptional quality of care currently provided at Worcester Lodge.

"We are excited at the prospect of developing innovative collaborations between the homes to pursue our ongoing vision of enriching lives together."

Oliver McCarthy, senior agent at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, said: “We are delighted to be a part of Joyce’s journey, and we wish her all the very best.

"I am pleased to see this successful care home go to an experienced operator who I am sure will take the business from strength to strength.

“The market for care homes in the South West is stronger than it has been for many years, and we continue to see an abundance of well-funded buyers seeking opportunities in the region.”

Worcester Lodge was sold at an undisclosed price.