MORE THAN 50 jobs are being created in East Yorkshire this year with the regeneration of a former nursing home near Goole.
Twenty staff, led by manager, registered nurse, Sue Rollinson, has already been appointed including nurses, carers, and domestic staff with 30 to follow, after the acquisition and renovation of the former Holland House nursing home at Westfield Lane, Hook, in a multi-million pound investment by new owner Yorkare Homes Ltd, Brough.
The acquisition and renovation of the property was made by Yorkare Homes Ltd with previous funding to the business from Yorkshire Bank’s East Yorkshire Financial Solutions Centre (FSC) with which it is in talks about further expansion plans.
The re-launch of the Goole property, now known as Westfield Park Care Home, follows a campaign by local residents which defeated moves by its previous owners to make the property a secure mental unit for men with personality disorders.
A total refurbishment and modernisation has been carried out at Westfield Park Care Home to create 45 beds for residents aged more than 65, a sensory room, a full hairdressing suite and a specialist dementia care facility, all staffed by specially-trained nurses and upgraded technology including a nurse call system and wi-fi internet connections.
A total of £7,000 was donated by Holland House Action Group, which campaigned against the proposed secure units, towards the development of the sensory room which helps to reduce dependence on drugs for dementia suffers.
Yorkare Homes Ltd director John Garton says: “Westfield is the only care home of this quality in this area with specialized services and we look forward to developing our facilities in East Yorkshire as the need to provide specialist care for an ageing population grows.
“A population with a greater proportion of elderly will need more specialist homes of this kind. We are now in talks about establishing a stroke rehabilitation centre at Westfield Care Home and Assisted Living Units where couples can come here and live independently but access a menu of services as they require.
“Our business has used Yorkshire Bank’s East Yorkshire FSC for many years and it has been supportive about this venture and other potential expansion plans for our business.”
Yorkshire Bank East Yorkshire FSC managing partner, Graham Watson, says: “The post war baby boom means than the coming decades will see a growing need to care for an elderly population and we are delighted to be associated with Yorkare Homes Ltd both at Westfield Care Home and other exciting plans which the business has in the development stages.”
Yorkshire Bank’s East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire FSC has 48 staff covering and covers from Bridlington to Lincoln taking in Goole, Scunthorpe, Immingham, Hull and Grimsby. Staff work in multi-discipline teams encompassing corporate banking, private wealth management, treasury services and credit and operate a traditional method of banking with funding from deposits used to support investments in the local community.