Ideal Carehomes announce significant appointment following strong growth

Paul Farmer

Ideal Carehomes has today announced the appointment of Paul Farmer as Managing Director.  The appointment follows continued strong performance of the North and Midlands based care provider. 

Having sold a significant proportion of its portfolio in 2015, Ideal Carehomes has consolidated its offering, concentrating on reinvestment in the built environment, staffing and activities to redesign their model to attract self-funding residents.  Securing sector-leading self-funded admissions of 75% in the last year, the operator is looking to expand its portfolio once again.

Ideal Carehomes is part of the LNT Group and is sister-company to care home builder, LNT Care Developments.  Matt Lowe, Chief Executive of LNT Group welcomed Paul Farmer to the team commenting on Ideal Carehomes growth plans:

Paul’s appointment denotes an exciting milestone in Ideal Carehomes future.  We are pleased to have his knowledge and experience to drive growth, whilst improving our already impressive business performance.  Building efficient care homes and delivering a quality care model is part of the LNT Group’s bread and butter.”

Paul was previously Managing Director at St. Philip’s Care where he was responsible for 28 care homes providing nursing, residential and mental health care in England and Scotland.  He has an established reputation for sustainable expansion and high occupancy, with over 15 years’ experience in health care property.  His strong leadership on compliance and quality care delivery at St Philip’s Care saw them achieve a prestigious award as the “Most Outstanding Care Group” at the UK Over 50s Housing Awards 2016.

Paul Farmer said: “I am joining Ideal Carehomes at a very exciting time.  Over the past 18 months, Ideal Carehomes has taken stock of their position and reflected on the changing realities of delivering care.   The expectations of care, from residents and their families, have changed substantially in the last decade and the regulatory environment is certainly catching up to this.  

Given the quality of the purpose-built care homes, Ideal Carehomes’ had a good basis on which to build improvements, allowing an acceleration of improvements in the delivery of care.   Now that ground-work has been done, and the results are bearing fruits, I am looking forward to building on that work further. Alongside growing the portfolio, my focus will be on offering our residents personalised active lifestyles through aspirational choices.”

To ensure sustainability, Ideal Carehomes’ growth will be organic rather than target based.  New care homes will only be committed to if the proposition fits with the Ideal Carehomes estate.  LNT Care Developments will supply the sites and turn-of-key care homes and Paul will consider the viability of each site based on forecasted operational performance. 


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