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Leen Valley Care Home residents and staff.

Leen Valley Care Home residents and staff.

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A Hucknall care home which has courted controversy in recent years is now thriving under new ownership and management.

The former Silverdale facility on Nottingham Road has been plagued with problems in the past and failed to meet the standards set out by the Care Quality Commission.

But a change of owners has resulted in a change of fortunes for the newly named Leen Valley Care Home.

After numerous negative reports by the care regulators, Nottingham County Council responded by stopping any funding of new residents.

But the ban has recently been lifted and the now the future looks bright for residents, staff and owners.

“It was a big hurdle to get the authority ban lifted but we succeeded within five weeks of taking over the home,” said Sonia Bhandal, who runs 1st Care Uk with her husband Baggy who now own the home as well as two homes in Lincoln.

“Our challenge now is to attract new residents to bring the home to be full and happy for everyone.”

There are currently nine residents but the building can accommodate 36.

“Since taking it over in September we have made significant changes both to residents’ care plans and the actual residence,” explained new manager Samantha Ely who has 10 years experience in the sector and has relocated from Lincoln.

“The residents and staff were facing an uncertain future but now everybody is reassured and the atmosphere is very different.

“We are now looking forward to welcoming new residents to our home.”