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Four Seasons chairman Martin Healy has stood down following the unification of the care group’s brands. The move follows the unification of the Four Seasons and brighterkind businesses in December along with the handover of 44 care homes to rival operators.

The chairman of the governing board of an Elgin care home is stepping down after a five-year stint at the helm. Dr David Evans, who has led Anderson’s through turbulent times in the sector to a position of strength, described working with the home’s dedicated team as a privilege.

A leading housing association has confirmed four new members to its board of management. Grŵp Cynefin, has appointed Geraint George, Jane Lewis, Mike Corfield and Tony Jones to its 10-strong management board which is responsible for all aspects of the association’s activities and directs the affairs of the association in accordance with its objectives and rules.

NorseCare has announced that its managing director Karen Knight will step down after eight years in the role.

Cornerstone Healthcare, the Hampshire based specialist care provider, has appointed Michelle Murchan as General Manager of its home, South Africa Lodge.

Nikki Higgins has been appointed home manager at Ideal Carehomes’ Hambleton Grange in Thirsk.

Residential retirement developer and operator Elysian Residences has appointed Katherine Rose as Director of Marketing and Sales.

A man who attacked workers at his grandma’s care home has been jailed. Luke Brooks launched a savage attack on two female members of staff at Keate House Care Home in Lymm, leaving them requiring hospital treatment. Chester Crown Court heard on Friday, January 17, that the 28-year-old called the Brookfield Road home in the early hours of June 14 2019 ‘demanding’ to speak to his gran. When he later did speak to her over the phone, Brooks could be heard shouting on the other end – leaving his grandmother ‘visibly distressed’ and forcing carers to end the call. At around 1pm that day, the defendant turned up on the doorstep of Keate House. The nursing home’s administration assistant answered the door, and he asked: “Can you tell me why you put the phone down on me?” She shut the door and hit a panic button, having been made aware of the earlier issue between Brooks and his grandma. But he kicked the door back open and began to repeatedly punch the employee with both fists. The attack even continued after the self-employed software engineer, whose previous client include the Ministry of Defence, had knocked her to the floor. After she screamed for help, the home’s care manager came to her colleague’s aid and pushed Brooks away. He then grabbed this second victim in a headlock and repeatedly hit her in the face. Both women were able to escape and locked themselves in a room, and a number of other members of staff chased after Brooks as he fled the scene. When caught, he pulled a set of keys from his pocket and brandished them through his knuckles saying: “I’ll do you harm.” But he was wrestled to the floor and arrested after police officers attended. Brooks, who has one previous conviction for harassment dating back to 2015, appeared to be under the influence of drugs with his ‘eyes popping out’ and a white substance around his mouth. At least one care home resident witnessed his cowardly attack. The two assault victims attended A&E, with the first having sustained severe bruising and the second suffering a sprained left wrist. In a statement read out to the court, one of the women described how she continues to have ‘vivid flashbacks’ and is ‘still not back to her normal self’. Brooks, from Manchester, admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and a public order offence. Defence barrister Desmond Lennon described his client as being ‘deeply ashamed of his deplorable behaviour’, which led to him losing his work and moving in with his other grandma. Sentencing him to a year behind bars, judge Simon Berkson said: “You became aggressive and difficult and you were told to stop contacting the home, but you didn’t. “Your reaction was to go to the nursing home, and when a member of staff attempted to get you to move away you attacked her. “This sustained attack continued even when you had got her to the floor, punching and punching and punching her. “The care manager went to the assistance of her colleague, and when you saw her you didn’t stop your attack – you simply turned your attentions to her, you got her in a headlock and repeatedly punched her. “They were left very frightened by the incident. “This offending was committed against people working in a caring environment where vulnerable adults, including your grandma, were present. “In my view, the serious nature of the case means that appropriate punishment can only be achieved by immediate custody.” Brooks was also handed a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victims for seven years and told to pay a surcharge.