Hartlepool care home firm goes into liquidation after death fall: Workers left struggling at Christmas

Former staff at Admiral Court Care Home, from left Pauline Daley, Elaine Rowley, Jackie Taylor, Bevereley Hogg and Margaret McCluskey, above and Matt Matharu, below.

Former staff at Admiral Court Care Home, from left Pauline Daley, Elaine Rowley, Jackie Taylor, Bevereley Hogg and Margaret McCluskey, above and Matt Matharu, below.

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A care home director has confirmed a town company is going into liquidation.

Matt Matharu, who was jailed earlier this year for failing to protect a 90-year-old dementia sufferer who climbed out of a bedroom window and fell to her death, has confirmed Four Winds Care Ltd is being placed into liquidation.

Admiral Court Care Home. Its owner Four Winds Care is being placed into liquidation.

Admiral Court Care Home. Its owner Four Winds Care is being placed into liquidation.

It comes as former workers at Admiral Court say they are still to receive any redundancy and are struggling to cope in the run up to Christmas.

And Hartlepool MP Iain Wright has also taken on their cause, while also raising concerns in Parliament.

The shamed care boss said the company, which owns Admiral Court, is going through the legal system and staff would get their redundancy via the Government’s redundancy scheme once the process was complete.

Admiral Court Nursing Home in Cleveland Road, was shut down this summer after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found a number of failings, ruled it inadequate and advised that patients be moved out.

The former Admiral Court Care Home, whose staff are struggling to get any redundancy payment.

The former Admiral Court Care Home, whose staff are struggling to get any redundancy payment.

Mr Matharu also runs Four Winds Residential Home, in Elwick Road, Highnam Hall, in Park Avenue, and Parkview Residential Home.

Margaret McCluskey, a former care worker at Admiral Court said she and some of her fellow co-workers had been waiting for months for their redundancy pay and were struggling to get by.

She said: “He (Mr Matharu) won’t pay out our redundancies.

“He has other homes, and a big house of his own. We haven’t got a penny to our names. Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s a horrible time to be in a position like this.”

Mrs McCluskey said it was heartbreaking for the residents when Admiral Court had to close because some of them had been there for more than 20 years.

She said: “It’s destroying us all. We’re all getting nothing. But, it isn’t just about the money - it’s about how homes are being run.”

As well as running Four Winds Residential Home, in Elwick Road, Highnam Hall, in Park Avenue, and Parkview Residential Home, in Seaton Carew, Mr Matharu has an involvement with Finchworth Ltd which runs Dinsdale Lodge, in Station Lane, and Craigarran Nursing Home Partnership which owns a home in Deaf Hill.

He also has a director role in Four Winds Care which runs Admiral Court and it is this which is going into liquidation.

Mr Matharu told the Mail: “It is not about me personally with-holding money. Four Lane Care Ltd is going into liquidation. Once it has been settled, they will get their money under the Government redundancy scheme.”

In February this year Mr Matharu was jailed for eight months for failing to protect Norah Elliott who plunged from a conservatory roof at Parkview care home in Seaton Carew, in October 2012.

He was found guilty of two breaches under the Health and Safety at Work Act following a trial at Teesside Crown Court and also ordered to pay the prosecution’s £70,213 costs.

MP for Hartlepool, Iain Wright, has since been asking questions in Parliament about the assessments for people running care homes.

He said: “It is important that the care homes are of excellent quality in Hartlepool. Nobody should see poor and inadequate care given to the most vulnerable people in our town – these are Hartlepool people, our mothers, fathers, brother or sisters.

“It is essential they are given the highest quality of care befitting a civilised society and that poor care is rooted out. That is why I have been asking Parliamentary Questions to the Minister and will continue to do so.

“I also believe that care workers should be treated with respect. They do an essential job in society. As with all workers, they should have protection from the law when they lose their jobs.

“It is absolutely disgraceful what has happened to some of my constituents when it comes to failing to receive what they are entitled to when they were made redundant. I intend to do all I can to ensure that my constituents receive what they are legally owed.”