Care firms to merge in Teesdale

Posted on 24 March 2011

Two companies that provide care for older and disabled people in Teesdale have merged, which may affect the lives of people paying for long term care in the area.

The Teesdale Mercury reports that Middleton Care and Applejack Home Care are combining into one company, after both firms faced uncertainty when Durham County Council failed to award them social services contracts two years ago.

However, Applejack has now won the contract for Teesdale and is joining with Middleton to serve the needs of older people in the borough.

"Everything will be as it was," Tvonne Metcalfe, owner of Middleton Care, told the newspaper.

"The only change will be the colour of the staff uniforms. This is a positive thing for the community and staff."

Meanwhile, the Penarth Times reports that the town's only day care centre, Gardenhurst, is under threat of closure following a Vale of Glamorgan Council decision.

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