A CARE home giant that operates two homes for the elderly in Hexham has gone into administration.

Four Seasons, which runs Elm Bank and Dene Grange care homes, appointed administrators A&M on Tuesday.

It comes after an attempt to sell the business was aborted.

The move has raised fears for the 22,000 elderly residents across its 322 homes nationally. However, the company insists that operations will be unaffected by the move.

A spokesman for Four Seasons said: “The operating companies under which the care home and hospital operations sit are not in administration and continue to be run as normal by the existing leadership teams.”

Dr Claire Royston, group medical director of Four Seasons, added: “Today’s news does not change the way we operate or how our homes are run or prompt any change for residents, families, employees and indeed suppliers. Our priority remains to deliver consistently good care."