MIDDLEWICH residents supported by troubled firm Allied Healthcare are being reassured their home care will not be disrupted while new owners take the helm.

Last month, the Care Quality Commission informed councils across the country that Allied’s financial future was not secure beyond November 30.

The national company – which has an office in Macclesfield – said that the warning was ‘premature and unwarranted’, while Cheshire East Council had received some reassurance about Allied’s financial position in the borough.

But the firm was bought out by home care operator CRG last Friday, and CEC says it has already been in contact with the new owners.

A CEC spokesman said: “The council has been working closely with the company to ensure there is no disruption to people’s care and to also allow for continuity of carers, where possible.

“The current care staff are in the process of transferring to the new company – and so customers should not notice any change to their service.

“These care staff provide care at home services in Cheshire East, such as preparing meals, washing and giving medication, as well as supported living and some night support for service users.

“The council’s framework of care providers was created, in part, to be able to meet changing market supply and means Cheshire East is well placed to respond flexibly, swiftly and securely should a provider withdraw services.”

Neighbouring Cheshire West and Chester Council announced on Monday that it would be transferring its home care contracts from Allied to new providers Starcare and Human Support Group.