'Care for almost 10,000 pensioners could be at risk amid warnings from watchdogs that one of Britain’s largest home care providers may be on the brink of collapse.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said there is a "credible risk of service disruption" Allied Healthcare, and raised concerns that it may not be able to continue to operate after this month.
The company is one of the largest home care providers in England and provides care services to more than half of councils.
The 84 local authorities affected have been told they have a duty to ensure that all pensioners receiving care from the company continue to get help, should the company go out of business.
It provides home care - help with washing, dressing, and eating - as well as shopping and cleaning to 9,300 pensioners.
CQC said it has written to 84 English local authorities who commission care services through Allied Healthcare to notify them of its concerns.
Allied Healthcare insisted its operations are "sustainable and safe" and said the watchdog’s action was “premature and unwarranted”.
CQC said the company announced its intention to apply for a Company Voluntary Arrangement in April to restructure its debts.
The regulator said it has been monitoring the situation "closely" to ensure that care continues for people who receive home care from the company.
While Allied Healthcare has confirmed funding until the end of the month, CQC said that it has not receive "adequate assurance" that the company can continue to operate from December onwards.'
Read more: Fears for 10,000 pensioners as future of major care provider 'at risk'
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