Care home will bring huge jobs boost

Care home will bring huge jobs boost

A NEW care home being built in the centre of Cleckheaton is on track to open its doors in June, creating more than 110 jobs.

The 86-bed Birch Park Care Home, on Serpentine Road, is owned by Darrington Healthcare and is being built on the site of the former Albion Works and Northgate Mills, close to the Tesco store.

The development also includes 43 retirement apartments being built by McCarthy and Stone, and several affordable living townhouses from Leeds Federated Housing Association. 

Officials say nursing, carer, housekeeping and administration roles all need to be filled at the care home. 

Darrington Healthcare managing director Eric Dixon said: “We are creating at least 110 jobs and while we have made a big investment in the home, the real emphasis will be on the quality of care.

“Staff are what make the big difference and we will be hand-picking our team and supporting them with a continuous training programme to keep standards high.”

Darrington say that Birch Park will offer residential, dementia and nursing care and features larger than average en-suite rooms, three dining suites, a cafe, a hair and beauty salon, a bar, cinema and activity rooms.

The Cleckheaton venture follows the success of the company’s other care homes in Dewsbury, Pontefract, Doncaster and Huddersfield.

Along with nursing, care and administration roles, the home’s owners are also recruiting a dedicated activities co-ordinator, whose job will be to plan a continual programme of activities such as film nights, exercise sessions, arts and crafts afternoons, memories events and pet therapy visits.

“We aim to offer people all the comforts of their own home, plus plenty of stimulation and activities for those who want them, all backed up by specialised 24-hour care and support,” added Mr Dixon. 

“Not all care homes are the same and we want to show people that moving into care can be a positive choice.”

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